What is Telehealth? | BCB Therapy

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth, also known as teletherapy or telemedicine, is an alternative healthcare option that allows patients to visit with their therapists or doctors via phone or video calls. It is currently in high demand due to COVID. Our office has seen a big increase in telehealth appointments since March 2020. Telehealth is an all-encompassing term for healthcare and health education provided via information technologies. The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as "the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration."

Who Can Use Telehealth

Telehealth is typically accessible to all patients or clients seeking non-emergency care outside of their doctor's office. Telehealth is now more accessible than ever as healthcare providers from many different specialties have prioritized making it an option during COVID. Many insurance companies are also now including it in their coverage plans.

The Benefits of Telehealth for Mental Healthcare

Taking care of your mental health is essential to maintaining a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle. Utilizing telehealth is a great option to stay connected with a counselor or therapist. They can offer guidance to maintain optimal mental health as well as support you in achieving goals. The many benefits of telehealth for mental healthcare also include:

  • Treatment for a Variety of Mental Health Issues

    Through telehealth, we can offer care and educate patients. We use telehealth to treat conditions such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
  • Easy to Accommodate into Your Schedule

    Working a video call with your counselor into your schedule is infinitely easier for some people than driving to an office.
  • Ensuring Mental Healthcare Accessibility for More People

    Telehealth allows us to expand our accessibility since our office no longer needs to be within driving distance. When a mental health specialist is licensed in a state, they can provide care to a patient who lives within its borders.
  • Socially Distancing

    Telehealth has proven itself to be a viable option for the future of healthcare, especially in extraneous circumstances. It is especially beneficial to any patients or providers taking extra precautions because of the pandemic. Telehealth naturally helps maintain social distancing recommendations and doesn't require the counseling room to be disinfected after each session.
  • Timely Response

    Using telehealth, patients often have shorter wait times to speak with a specialist. Thus, care generally becomes more accessible and less overwhelming.
  • Privacy and Security

    HIPAA regulates all telehealth data to be encrypted to ensure the security of both the patient and their providers.
BCB Therapy and Telehealth Services

BCB Therapy and Telehealth

Here at BCB Therapy, we are proud to offer telehealth counseling services through a secure, simple, and convenient platform. Each of our therapists is available for telehealth or in-person sessions, depending on our patients' personal comfort levels. Our priority is patient care and comfort, and through telehealth services, we can communicate with our patients safely and comfortably.

Navigating COVID-19

Managing physical health has been at the forefront of everyone's priorities lately, but mental health should not be placed on hold because of it. Some people may struggle to find treatment options, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This is yet another reason why telehealth is a fantastic solution to navigate healthcare as we all adjust to a new normal.

Contact us to learn if counseling and therapy services through telehealth are the right option for you or your loved one.

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