We are all in an uncertain time with the Coronavirus [COVID-19] Pandemic, which means it’s more important than ever to evaluate our mental health.
Between social distancing and shelter-in-place orders adding to general panic, people might be experiencing more anxiety and depression than usual. When you are feeling isolated and stressed out – like so many of us might be–it might be time to seek a support system.
Online therapy is appropriate for many common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress management, career and relationship issues. And, it is convenient. For many people with scheduling and logistics issues, these problems no longer factor in.
Here are some of the major benefits of engaging in individual or family psychotherapy sessions with your mental health professional:
- Online therapy (Teletherapy) is effective; most individuals who engage in the use of Teletherapy with a mental health professional stated in a survey they enjoy it over traditional therapy, and that it provided them benefits and relief.
- Teletherapy is a secure method of engaging in counseling with a mental healthcare professional. Use of these platforms provides a secure method of securely storing and encrypting all client communication Therapists are required to undergo regular security audits, and adhere to strict professional and ethical client confidentiality codes.
- Teletherapy is required to be practiced only by licensed professionals. Therapists are licensed in one or more states, and must engage only with individuals within the state of licensure. Psychotherapists and mental health counselors have expertise in a range of issues — including anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, couples therapy, and more.
- Online telehealth is a benefit allowed by many insurance companies, including Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, and others.
While many people sense some stress or anxiety prior to engaging in their first online sessions, most enjoy the process either on a temporary or ongoing basis. The first step may be the most difficult, but online therapy can be an effective, secure, and convenient way to deal with stressful times. Call your licensed mental health provider to learn more details of engaging in Teletherapy, or to make an appointment.
For support throughout this quarantine, reach out to Rick Cullen via our website
Rick Cullen, LCSW
Rick is a Native Floridian who provides individual and couples therapy to persons age 17 – 90 who struggle with mental health issues, including anxiety, addiction, mood disorders (e.g. Depression, Bipolar), and thought disorders (e.g. Schizophrenia). Advocating for people has always been Rick’s passion and he has practiced this from the outset of his career, first as a criminal defense lawyer, and currently as a psychotherapist.