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Why Telehealth is Significant to Get Counseling

Telehealth began in 1960 when a forensic psychologist referred a prisoner. The specialized care provider lived hours away. When you can’t hide your fragile health, it's not easy to know where to turn. You need to talk to someone but don’t have the strength for a medical visit. It is a must that during the pandemic you get counseling. Teletherapy is available through smartphone, tablet, or computer. Providers are glad to offer this virtual care. Many patients are happy with this service. An appointment follows the same procedure as an in-person visit and can be done from the comfort of your home or office.

The Convenience of Telehealth is Boundless

Convenience is key, and after 2+ years of a global pandemic, we now know tha telepsychiatry & counseling are here to stay. Some evaluations are easier than others. For example, an organ transplant donor is a simple session. According to Dr. Zimbrean a Yale medicine psychiatrist, studies show positive results for virtual cognitive behavioral therapy treating people with depression. Patients can have their sessions on their lunch break or in their car. This is ideal for follow-up visits. Teletherapy has provided an otherwise unlikely connection in rural areas like New Mexico; some rural areas of Arizona don’t have access to mental health services. Transportation may be a barrier to in-office visits and telehealth is a great option in those cases. Reliable Wi-Fi or tablets makes virtual visits possible.

Mental Health Providers Can reach More People

Doing remote work helps mental health providers reach more people. Think of the geography or someone lacking child care. No more stigma for patients seeking treatment for anxiety, PTSD, and depression. The research shows teletherapy is helping to heal communities. Psychologists and other practitioners wrote a paper explaining that telehealth options work.

Videoconferencing helps Client-Therapist Relationships

There are takeaways from resilience and humility. The process for the client-therapist looks promising. For grief and loss, those unwilling to leave home and receive therapy helpful. The clinician becomes more attuned to patterns and behavior. It offers the counselors chances for professional and personal growth. During this pandemic many themes emerge among people; hopeless and helpless, feeling anxious. Telehealth is a balm for the aching mental health of many.

Clients Feel Comfortable At Home

In spring 2020, a hesitant Justin Jordan learned its potential. He works with mental health disorders and substance abuse patients. At first, he believed direct contact with clients was necessary. But he discovered clients' home is where they feel safe. Stephanie Brookins specializes in PTSD. She saw that clients with chronic health issues and periodic flare-ups can meet up. Plus there are fewer last-minute cancellations. Certified in eye movements and reprocessing she has used self-tapping for virtual sessions.

It is the right sentiment in the right place that makes a difference. Those struggling need a fast way to get help. You can get a complete bill of wellness through telehealth. We are a provider for ages 13 to adult. Feeling uncertainty or loneliness? You are not alone. If so, we welcome you to contact us.

Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona is a group collective of licensed trauma informed therapists and social workers who are here to help you regain your sense of connection, balance and wellness. Call today to book an intake, 602-661-0200.

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