Building Blocks Family Counseling is proud to offer online/distance counseling to residents of Georgia. We have two staff members who are Board Certified Telemental Health Providers as well as licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Telemental health or distance/online counseling is simply receiving therapy through electronic means whereby the client and clinician are in two different locations. Video sessions are accessed through a secure video conferencing platform.
What are the Technology Requirements?
To use telemental health or online counseling for your therapy, you will need a secure setting for the session that will ensure your privacy, and a computer with internet connection. The system is cloud based with point to point encryption which meets HIPAA criteria for privacy.
Telemental health/online counseling provides easier access to counseling and expertise than traditional in office sessions. It can save on travel time to and from sessions. You can use your lunch hour for sessions. In circumstances where scheduling or distance is challenging, telemental health allows access to services that would otherwise be unattainable.
Telemental health or online counseling provides an avenue for members of a family who are in a different location to participate in sessions. For example, in the case of co-parenting, one parent may be too far away to make counseling reasonable. Or one member of a couple may not be able to get across town at the appointment time and can participate through video.
This also gives people access to clinicians outside your geographical area who may have expertise not available in your area. You are more able to pick a therapist that meets your needs without proximity being an issue.
Telemental health or online counseling can provide greater access to services in the following situations:
- Individuals who travel for work
- Work from home
- Stay at home parents
- Health issues that keep you from leaving home
- Rural communities lacking adequate resources
- Nursing homes
- Those with disabilities
- No transportation to get to appointments
- Fear face to face interaction
- Prefer technology based interactions
- Co-parenting when both parents can’t be in the office at the same time
- Couples or family sessions when members are in different locations
- Support groups with members in various locations
- Weather restrictions
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