Due to COVID-19, chronic illness, or a busy schedule and crazy Atlanta traffic you may not be able to attend a therapy session in person. The good news is that online therapy is available, and research has shown that it is as effective as therapy that takes place in person.
Although it may seem unfamiliar at first, many people find that they like meeting online for a variety of reasons (convenience, ability to meet during a one hour break in their day, avoiding traffic, etc). People usually have several questions when it comes to online therapy or teletherapy which I have answered below. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me using the contact form below or by giving me a call at 404-793-3930.
What is online therapy?
Teletherapy is a therapy session that takes place on your computer, tablet, or phone (any device with a camera and speakers will work) through HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. This allows you the freedom to schedule sessions without having to travel to my office. The only caveat is that you need to be located in a state in which I am licensed to provide teletherapy during the session.
In what states are you licensed to provide teletherapy?
As of 5/20/2021, I am able to provide online therapy to clients who are located in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. As of 6/1/2021, I will be licensed in Alabama, and as of 6/29/2021 I will be licensed in Kentucky. Additionally, as of 7/31/2021, I will be licensed in Arkansas, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Will we ever meet in person?
If you live near my office, sometimes we will meet in person for the first session so that I can assess if you are a good candidate for online therapy. Unfortunately, during the outbreak of COVID-19, this is not possible. When COVID-19 is not an issue, I am open to meeting in person and having a mixture of in person and online sessions with clients.
Is online therapy the same as regular therapy?
Yes and no. It’s not exactly the same since we do not have the ability to sit across from each other and interact in person. However, online therapy is similar in many ways. With good headphones and a strong internet connection, we are able to communicate quite easily, and the content we discuss is likely to be the same.
Does online therapy work?
Yes. Research studies have shown that online therapy is as effective as in person therapy.
What are the benefits of online counseling?
There are several benefits to teletherapy. You do not have to leave your house and deal with Atlanta traffic. You are able to schedule appointments for times that might not have worked if you had to factor in the time to drive here. Also, if you have any physical conditions that make it hard for you to get around, you will not have to worry about the stress of getting yourself here.