If you are uncomfortable starting therapy in person or just don’t want to fight traffic, you may find that seeing a therapist in the privacy of your own home suits you better. Tele-therapy, also known as distance counseling, employs the best practices of traditional counseling as well as some of its own unique advantages like no traffic, continuity of therapeutic work in the case of moves, going off to college, or job changes, and more!
It is beneficial for a range of clients, including those that do not drive and those that are disabled. It is also an excellent option for slowing the spread of illness during this COVID-19 pandemic or just in the flu and cold season. As with other health services, quality treatment from a certified telemental provider gets better results! I am happy to see you in person, online, or both!
Tele-mental health is not for someone thinking of attempting suicide or imminent self-harm. If you are having a mental health crisis, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room. Also, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
If you are in the Austin area, Austin Travis County Integral Care provides access to licensed counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 512-472-HELP. You can receive immediate assessments, referral to additional community resources, and crisis intervention services if needed.