What is Teletherapy?
Many health care providers are offering telehealth services right now, particularly for the management of routine care and chronic disease management. The idea is similar with teletherapy.
Teletherapy allows you to receive counseling for mental health concerns either by phone or online. Research indicates it’s just as effective as in-person counseling. Even outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, many therapists had started implementing teletherapy into their service offerings.
Teletherapy tends to work especially well with video chat. It can be used for conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic stress. Teletherapy may also be useful for relationship counseling. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is especially well-suited to teletherapy.
Benefits of teletherapy for patients include:
- Access to care
- High satisfaction rate
- Increased privacy
Teletherapy may be less expensive both in terms of direct treatment and indirect costs that come with in-person expenses, such as paying for childcare.
Teletherapy for Mental Health in South Florida
South Florida was hit very hard by COVID-19, especially in the summer. By July, South Florida had among the highest infection rates in the country. Those infection rates have declined but because of the public health and economic effects, many people in the area are still reeling from the effects. As of November, Florida has seen 821,123 coronavirus cases. Of those, there have been nearly 17,000 deaths. Many of those have been concentrated in South Florida.
If you connect with local telehealth services in South Florida, you can work with a provider who understands the local stressors people are feeling. There is also the opportunity to see your provider in person when you feel comfortable.