Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY?
Online mental health therapy (also known as telemental health or online mental health counseling) is the practice of psychotherapy via a videoconferencing platform. Sessions can occur while you are at home in your pajamas, on your lunch break, in your office, or sitting in your car (parked and not driving of course). All you need is a computer or smartphone, a good internet connection, and headphones for additional privacy. I use an easy, accessible and HIPAA compliant video platform meaning the session is just as confidential as if it were in person. More importantly, it removes barriers that can keep a person from seeking help. These include (but are not limited to):
· Transportation (including access, costs for transit and/or parking, vehicle dependability)
· Caregiver responsibilities (including eldercare, childcare, and partner care)
· Accessibility (including physical/mobility limitations, mental health limitations)
· Convenience (squeezing in a session during lunch hour and baby's nap)
· Weather (weather is either unpredictable and driving in it is no fun)
· Work/Life balance (asking for time off work can be difficult)
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
I provide initial diagnostic evaluations to determine your mental health needs as well as individual psychotherapy to address the identified needs.
All services are provided via online video sessions/telemental health and available to residents of Virginia.
IS THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
ARE YOU ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS?
Yes! At this time I am accepting new clients from Virginia only.
DO YOU PROVIDE SERVICES OUTSIDE OF VIRGINIA?
As I am currently only licensed in Virginia and per social work board regulations, I can only provide services to clients that reside in the state of Virginia.