The technological advancement in the digital world has enabled many to have instant access to therapists irrespective of where the user is located. Besides easy access, the internet has provided comfort and convenience on the internet, and looking for professional help has never been this easy!
However, there are certain things that you should know about telepsychology. For starters, telepsychology is the term commonly used by psychologists when they refer to therapies delivered via telecommunication tools or devices. Whether it is phone therapy, online therapy, or web therapy, they all fall under the services of telepsychology.
Despite having many benefits, telepsychology is not the right fit for everyone. This article will take you through some points that you need to consider carefully before opting for online therapy. Let us get started.
Verify the authenticity.
Many sites advertise that they offer therapy, but often these claims were found to be misleading or false. Sometimes, the people who run it may not even be licensed practitioners to provide therapy. So, before choosing one platform or website, make sure to run a thorough background check and verify their legitimacy.
It is not always easy to figure out if you have received licensed, evidence-based psychotherapy. All psychologists and professional health care providers need to be licensed by the respective state government in which they practice. These licensure laws protect the clients from people who simply pretend to offer therapy. Therefore, before you sign up for any web service, make sure that he/she has a valid license.
Check if the psychologist is licensed in the state you live.
Everybody knows that the license grant rules and laws vary from state to state.
However, did you know that, unlike other licenses, a health care provider’s license is only valid in his/her respective state of practice? Yes, that’s right.
The provider must be licensed in the jurisdiction where he resides, and this is a crucial aspect to take care of while choosing online therapy services. The next time you plan on booking a web therapy, remember to find out where the psychotherapist is physically located.
Check if the app or website is secure.
One of the most important aspects of psychotherapy is the psychotherapist-client confidentiality agreement. It is essential as it provides clients a safe and private space to share their deeply personal thoughts, stories or emotions. Thus, the website or application that you have chosen should be HIPAA-compliant at least. Moreover, it should also verify the identities of both the client and the therapist.
Mode of payment
Most insurance companies cover the costs of mental health treatment and substance abuse disorders. However, these companies often mandate the treatments to be in-person, and if you work with a psychotherapist at his/her office, the insurance company will bear all or most of your treatment charges.
Psychologists will provide clients with an invoice that needs to be submitted to the insurance company for verification and subsequent fee reimbursement. But, most of these insurance companies do not cover the charges incurred by you in an online therapy service. Thus, these charges cannot be reimbursed.
If you plan to get the fee amount reimbursed, we advise you to first verify with your insurance provider. If not, you will be required to bear the full cost of the therapy session.
There are several cases where web conferencing sessions and online therapy services proved to be extremely helpful. However, there are also a disturbingly equal number of misleading websites and platforms that defraud people. Thus, it is wise to double-check and choose authentic and legitimate health care providers online!