I am primarily using telehealth for counseling sessions due to Bulloch county’s status of “substantial spread” and the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable populations. Research supports that telemental health care is effective for treating many presenting issues.
Telehealth sessions are most effective when you are able to find a quiet, private area where you do not fear being overheard during our meeting. You can use any device with a camera and microphone to access the HIPPA-compliant, encrypted Doxy waiting room that will be sent to you in a link when you schedule an appointment. You will not be required to download software or create an account. If you're experiencing issues with an echo or choppy video, these tips may help.
If telehealth is not in your best interests, I can suggest alternative options to better meet your needs. There may be times when you and I decide together that in-person visits are more beneficial. When an in-office visit is scheduled, all parties will wear masks during the session to decrease the possible spread of virus. If you have a fever, have sick family members, or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past two weeks, please arrange to meet via telehealth or reschedule.
“Teletherapy” (telemental health care, telehealth, online counseling) includes consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, emails, telephone conversations, and education using interactive audio, video, or data communications.
There are risks with telehealth services including, but not limited to, the possibility, despite reasonable efforts on my part, that: the transmission of your medical information could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures; the transmission of your information could be intercepted by unauthorized persons, and/or the electronic storage of your medical information could be accessed by unauthorized persons.
The “point-of-service” for our telehealth sessions is Georgia, and you are using your telecommunications device to virtually travel to that state even if you are physically located elsewhere. I agree to abide by the ethical and legal guidelines prescribed by my professional licensure in the state of Georgia.