Telehealth Counseling Services
Olney Counseling has expanded services of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Telehealth is a form of video conferencing allowing therapists to provide services to patients outside of the office, for example at the patient’s home or workplace. It also provides the opportunity for consultation with family members, teachers and other providers involved in the patient’s care. Surveyed patients participating in telehealth say they are very satisfied with the care they are receiving and that they feel telehealth is a reliable form of practice.
Telemental health (i.e., the provision of mental and behavioral health services via technology), in particular, has a robust evidence base. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness across a range of modalities (e.g., telephone, videoconference) and mental health concerns (e.g., depression, substance use disorders).
Virtual services are safe, effective, and comparable in outcomes to in-person services. Prior to COVID-19, telemental health was used primarily to provide services in areas that otherwise do not have access — for instance, in rural regions. It is now used throughout the country.
The pandemic has disrupted the delivery of mental health care, we are here to help.
There is increasing evidence of a mounting surge in mental and behavioral health care needs because of the pandemic. The duration of the economic recovery and protracted nature of control measures like social distancing point to a continued need for services. Because minorities and people with lower incomes are being disproportionately affected by pandemic-related job losses and social stress, we also could see heightened health inequities. Telehealth can rapidly expand access to safe, effective treatment in a way that has also been shown to avoid stigma. The dramatic expansion of home delivery of telehealth for virtually all diagnoses in emergency COVID-19 guidance and payer policy has dramatically expanded access to care.
We use secure technology to keep your personal health information private. All telehealth appointments are subject to the same strict HIPAA standards as in-person sessions. Research shows that telehealth services are as effective as in-person appointments when it comes to treating mental illness. Some people find that telehealth is more helpful because they are able to attend appointments regularly. Most insurance policies that cover mental and behavioral health services provide coverage for telehealth appointments as well. Our therapists work with Medicare and BCBS insurance plans to ensure you can get access to the care you need.
High-quality technology is more accessible now, with even smartphones able to facilitate HIPAA-compliant encounters right now. Contact us today to get started.