The recent spread of Covid-19 may seem to have rendered therapy impossible, but thanks to technological advances, it is possible for you to still receive the therapy you need without risking infection of yourself or your loved ones. Teletherapy was not developed with virus outbreaks in mind but has already proven a reliable and effective method of providing people like you with the therapy services they need without leaving their home.
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy means that instead of meeting in person with a counselor or mental health provider, you receive that same therapy and treatment over the internet using a streaming video or audio connection. It uses high resolution, live video conferencing so that you can interact with your therapist or counselor in real time. And you don’t have to have a desktop computer or laptop to access the teletherapy tools — a tablet, iPad, or phone will work just as well.
Maryland teletherapy services mean that you and the counselor can see each other and converse from your home or a location where you feel safe. Also, while you do not have to be a resident of Maryland, you must physically be in the state to receive teletherapy from our State of Maryland licensed teletherapy counselors.
How Teletherapy Benefits You
Even before the challenges and dangers posed by Covid-19, more and more people were beginning to turn to teletherapy because of its convenience, especially for those with mobility, geographic, or time issues that made it difficult for them to meet for face-to-face therapy sessions. The technology is easy to use, requiring minimal technological skills for you to participate. And you are still meeting face to face with your mental health providers, just not in the same physical location.
Covid-19 restrictions have made it extremely difficult for many to seek the therapy they need while staying safe, preventing the infection of loved ones, and obeying local mandates. But thanks to teletherapy you can still receive the therapy and treatment from your own home or a location where you feel safe. You do not need to risk your health or the health of those you love in order to continue treatment and counseling in Maryland.
At Congruent Counseling, we carefully follow HIPAA regulations regarding your privacy, and we know the importance of your privacy as it relates to counseling and therapy. We use the HIPAA-compliant portal provided by Zoom, but this is different from the free publicly available Zoom that you or those you know have been using business or school. By going through this specific Zoom portal, your privacy is preserved.
Insurance and Teletherapy
Insurance issues have always been a major source of concern for those receiving therapy. Congruent Counseling Services offers therapy with most commercial insurances, but not all insurances used to cover teletherapy. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, these types of insurance rules and restrictions are quickly changing to accommodate patients. When you contact our office, we will help you navigate your insurance and find a treatment plan that best works for you.
Call Congruent Counseling Services
Due to the restrictions and dangers associated with Covid-19, Congruent Counseling Services has moved all therapy sessions online using teletherapy software and technology. This is a response both to government mandates and our own personal concern that you and your loved ones are not unnecessarily exposed to the virus.
If you have any questions, want to find out what your options are, or would like to set up a teletherapy appointment, contact us today. We will be happy to work with you to provide the Maryland telehealth therapy that you need.