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Dennis Relojo-Howell

What Factors to Consider Before Applying for Online Therapy

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2022, August 3). What Factors to Consider Before Applying for Online Therapy. Psychreg on Psychotherapy. https://www.psychreg.org/what-factors-consider-before-applying-online-therapy/
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Many new tools and technologies that wish to move psychotherapy out of the therapist’s office and into anywhere you are connected to the internet claim that anyone can connect to an online therapist from anywhere just by clicking on the mouse once or going to an app once. For the many people who are at ease utilising the internet as well as seeking assistance, using the Web may be practical.

There are a lot of different blog for online therapy, from where you can get the necessary information. Telepsychology is a term used frequently by psychologists to describe any therapy provided by telecommunications technologies or devices. Technology may help change how individuals interact with psychologists or get psychotherapy. But just like technology, science still knows very little about the research, which is still in its infancy.

How will the service be paid for?

The treatment of mental health and drug use disorders, which includes in-person psychotherapy, is frequently covered by insurance providers. Depending on whether you have a deductible to meet or a co-pay, your insurance may pay all or most of the cost if you work with a psychologist in her office. The majority of the time, psychologists will provide you an invoice that you may submit to your insurance provider for payment.

Most insurance companies frequently do not cover or reimburse for web therapy or online counselling services. Check with your insurance provider beforehand if you anticipate receiving a reimbursement. If not, be ready to cover the entire expense yourself.

Is the app or website secure? Will the details I provide you stay private?

Psychologists make sure their patients have a secure, private place to disclose extremely personal and occasionally challenging memories, ideas, or feelings, which is one of the reasons psychotherapy is effective. With a few exceptions, what occurs and is said in a therapy office remains there. Use a website or app that can verify your identification and the identity of your therapist that is, at the very least, HIPAA compliant.

In the state where you reside, is the psychologist licenced?

Similar to how each state decides what residents must know to acquire a driver’s licence, each state grants licences with their own laws and regulations. However, a health care practitioner is only allowed to offer services in the state in which they are licenced, unlike a driver’s licence, which permits you to lawfully drive a car in any state. If you do not know where the provider is physically based, it may be challenging to determine whether they are licenced in the jurisdiction in which you are located.

Is this the best aid I can use?

Online or text-based treatment alone has not yet been proven to be beneficial in every circumstance by study. Some websites promise to offer treatment, yet these assertions might be deceptive or untrue. For instance, the developers of the applications might not be certified or licensed to offer treatment.


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.

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