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People are looking to the Internet for help, including issues related to health and well-being. Many barriers are faced when seeking psychological help. Working online reduces travel hassles and time, potential parking challenges, childcare issues, and provides access for those with mobility difficulties.
Online psychotherapy or telemental health has taken off parallel to the rise in telemedicine. Providing psychotherapy through live interactive videoconferencing has been found to be an effective way of providing mental health services to those in rural or under-served areas, and also for specialty areas of mental health (Novins DK, Weaver J, Shore J (2008).
Therapists are now needing to pay close attention to several differences in Internet based therapy. Therapists need to have a specific consent for online services, either verbal or written, depending on their state licensure regulations. The use of screening tools (for example for depression or anxiety) can be used if transmitted on a confidential, secure server. Email is still not a completely secure mode of communication in most cases.
Join Pec Indman EdD, MFT as we discuss telemental health and her work as the Director of ReGroup Therapy. The accompanying blog article can be found on our website at mentalhealthnewsradio.com.
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