In addition to in-office sessions at my office in Eugene, I offer online/video therapy. This can be beneficial when you find yourself struggling to deal with problems but can’t easily make a trip for an office visit. The flexibility you have is in being able to use your phone, tablet, or computer to do a virtual “face-to-face” meeting with your therapist using secure video software. While this is not a substitute for direct face-to-fact mental health therapy, it can be a convenient way to discuss issues relevant to your life with an outside perspective. Legal and ethical requirements limit this form of therapy to residents in the state where a therapist is licensed; in this case, Oregon.
How do I know if Online Therapy is right for me? The most important issue to be aware of is that online therapy (sometimes called “telehealth” or “telemedicine”) works best when there are no other distractions around you. Usually, this means setting some time aside where you can be alone for privacy and without distraction, so that you can focus exclusively on the conversation.
Will my insurance cover Online Therapy? These days, most commercial insurance plans cover the cost of video therapy. As part of preparing for your appointment, I will contact your insurance on your behalf and verify that video sessions are covered. If they are, I will submit billing directly to your insurance on your behalf.
How do I schedule an Online Therapy session? When scheduling your appointment, make sure to choose “Online/Video Therapy”. After scheduling, you will be sent instructions for how to set up your computer, phone, or tablet in preparation for a video session.