When you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or grief stricken, online therapy can provide an accessible and easy option to meet your mental health care needs. Hill Country Therapy offers Telehealth sessions as an alternative to an office visit. Teletherapy sessions, unlike traditional therapy, enables you to meet with a therapist from nearly anywhere in Texas, if you have a stable internet or phone connection.
What is Telehealth therapy?
Online therapy is one of the many forms of Telehealth options. Therapists who practice online can provide services through video, text, phone, chat, or email. Telehealth evolves as technology does. Telehealth forms have also been called teletherapy, online therapy, distance counseling, and internet therapy. Telehealth allows us to guide people through challenges using the most useful and current communication technologies.
At Hill Country Therapy, we are a diverse group of licensed therapists dedicated to providing you with the best care. We make sure that the support you are given is for you, your unique life circumstances, and your individual needs. Online therapy may be offered as a standalone treatment. It can also be used along with the traditional therapeutic relationship. Our therapists may provide treatment from an office but switch to telehealth when a person is out of town or cannot commute to the office.
Benefits of Online Therapy in Texas
Online therapy can be a good option for people who cannot access care due to location, health, or transportation issues. Often, it can be challenging to find space and time for yourself. Even though we know we need support, it can seem impossible to find or to make time. Online therapy may also be appealing to people who do not wish to meet in an office. As many important aspects of life are now available online, telehealth is therapy’s way of keeping up with the digital world.
With online therapy, you can begin to create space for yourself with greater accessibility and ease of service. It also adds a level of convenience I think we all can appreciate. Shaving off that commute back and forth and we understand that busy schedules make it a challenge to fit self-care into our routine. Online therapy reduces barriers to mental health care. Online therapy makes this easier regardless of where you are.
Online Therapy also offers privacy as Hill Country Therapy use a HIPAA compliant platform and confidentiality is key. If you are unsure if you are ready for therapy, online counseling can reduce anxiety with being in the comfort of your home.
Speaking of relieving anxiety, it brings up another benefit of online therapy, which is the variety of concerns and aspects of mental health that can be addressed. Some of these are included but not limited to the benefit of online therapy:
- Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders and indicators of negative feelings and moods.
- Feelings of alienation or loneliness
- Health problems or lack of self-care
- Lacking social connections and support systems or unwillingness to use these systems
- Negative feelings about yourself
- Fear of judgment
For Hill Country Therapy, what matters most in all of this is that the research shows that Telehealth can be just as effective as in-person appointments, and we can continue your care without interruption.
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Limitations of Online Therapy
Telehealth can have some downsides and is something to consider. Most particularly is challenges or delays due to internet connectivity, lack of skills with technology, or computer issues. Confidentiality issues can arise if a person’s email gets intercepted, hacked, or missent. More problematic is the lack of nonverbal communication inherent in only having access to the video of someone’s head and shoulders. It is more difficult to notice signs of dilated pupils, nervous twitching, or more. These signs help your therapist connect with nonverbal feelings they may be experiencing that help with emotional insight and regulation. Speaking of regulation, it can be difficult to address sever or complex mental health concerns online. Your therapist will work with you to help you decide what the most appropriate level of care may be.
Financial concerns are another consideration, as your insurance may not reimburse for Telehealth sessions. If you’re interested, let us know, and we’ll make the arrangements. You are welcome to continue coming into the office for appointments, we will be in the office unless advised otherwise by the local public health department or the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
There are situations where telehealth is not recommended. For example, people with severe psychological or emotional issues may not always do well with this type of treatment. People with schizophrenia severe depression, bipolar, or suicidal thoughts may get more from traditional therapy. Individuals with these and other issues may need intensive care.
Others who may not benefit from online therapy are those who are uncomfortable with technology. People with little privacy at home, those who wish not to share personal matters over the internet or phone, and individuals living in abusive situations may also prefer to see a mental health professional in person.
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Accessible support for your mental health matters! Let our online therapists provide the support you need today. Whether you need relationship support, sex therapy, anxiety treatment, or building self-esteem, you are in the right place.
Contact us today: Our online therapists can help! Our offices are located throughout Texas via our online therapy. These areas include including Austin, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Lakeway, Leander, Manor, Fort Worth, Wimberly, San Marcos. Houston, Corpus Christi, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Denton, Waco, Galveston, Lubbock, New Braunfels, and any other city with broadband internet.