ONLINE THERAPY / TELEHEALTH
Amherst Psychology offers therapy sessions online or by phone. These are sometimes called telehealth sessions. In the current situation as our community is practicing physical distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 / coronavirus, phone or video sessions are a great way to get mental health support.
We are currently offering sessions at our office (specific practitioners only) or by telehealth over the phone or online.
What is telehealth or online therapy?
Counselling sessions can be provided online using our practice management software which features end-to-end encryption (the video session is just like using Skype or FaceTime), or by phone. You can access mental health support from the comfort of your own home!
Why choose online therapy sessions?
We have always provided phone and video sessions to clients in rural and remote areas. These sessions enable people to access mental health support regardless of their location and help people keep up their progress with therapy when they are travelling.
Whilst we are all currently practicing physical distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus, you can still do psychological therapy. In fact, looking after your mental health may be more important now than ever before and you can do counselling sessions from the comfort of your own home!
Many clients have found online therapy sessions to be easier and more convenient for them - they save time by not driving to our office, or they can arrange child care for a shorter time period. It also allows clients to continue making progress with therapy if they have a cold or other illness but still feel well enough to attend the session online or by phone.
Are online counselling / therapy sessions effective?
Online consultations are offered by many health professionals including GPs, psychiatrists, even physiotherapists. Regardless of the type of psychological therapy or the format used (in-person, online, phone call), research shows that the relationship between a client and therapist is the most important factor in effective therapy. So, the answer is yes, telehealth is effective!
What technology do I need?
You can use your computer, mobile phone or a tablet/iPad to do Zoom video sessions. Having a reliable wi-fi signal is also important if you don’t want to use your mobile phone data allowance. We suggest you download the Zoom app before your appointment, to make sure everything runs smoothly.
How do I organise therapy sessions/appointments?
A few days before your appointment, we send you a reminder email. This email includes a link for you to click on at the time of your appointment to join your online Zoom session. It’s easy and we are happy to talk you through it or do a “practice run” to make sure you feel comfortable with it.