In light of recent health concerns regarding COVID-19, it may be necessary to stop meeting in person for individual therapy sessions and to continue these and related services via telehealth. Telehealth involves the practice of mental health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, referral to resources, education, and the transfer of medical and clinical data using interactive and electronic audio and video communications.
Before you agree to participating in telehealth, please carefully review the possible risks and benefits of electronic communication:
1. There is a risk of the electronic connection being disrupted due to technical difficulties. Thus, prior to the start of your telehealth session, your therapist will arrange a process of re-establishing a connection.
2. Although your therapist uses a HIPAA-compliant video platform, your confidential information may be accessed in spite of your therapist’s best effort to maintain a secure connection.
3. Meeting via electronic video is not the same as meeting in-person as technology can alter the image and sound quality.
4. The benefit of telehealth includes the ability to access mental health services when in-person meetings are not available.