We launched just before we had heard the words Coronavirus and Covid19 for the first time. Social distancing was not the motivator to start this 100% telehealth practice. It was for many other brick and mortar practices now scrambling to get set up online.
Getting started, the motivator was accessibility and convenience. We are able to address some very unique and difficult barriers to care with this platform and that is exciting.
Making it possible for mothers to get counseling from the comfort of their home while their children are small was a driving factor.
Talking to the man with panic disorder having difficulty leaving home inspired us to provide e-therapy.
The idea of talking with a depressed person who has a hard time getting up, dressed and showered pushed us forward. In the past, those tasks may have been a barrier to care. Now, it is our hope that even if you are depressed and still in bed, you can find the energy to log in to the patient portal and attend your session. We really don't care what your house looks like, whether you are sitting up or lying down, or even if you're in your PJ's. We are going to work with you until you are well enough to be able to get up and look forward to starting your day. Yes, with the right combinations of treatment it is possible. Very possible.
Before going public with this practice, we got certified in telemental health practices. We read and studied up. Combined, we have a great deal of experience working remotely already so this is a natural blend of skills for us.
For many people, the idea of online counseling is new.
We hope you will give it a try. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Check out our next blog post for ideas on what to do with teenagers stuck at home during this period of "social distancing" we are facing.
All my best,