Wholehearted Living is an exclusively tele-health practice. Tele-health goes by many names, including e-therapy. Essentially, by being a tele-health only practice, all services are conducted via a HIPAA compliant platform similar to Skype or FaceTime.
The choice to be exclusively tele-health was intentional. Often clients report barriers, concerns, or hesitations when considering using tele-health as a therapy office.
REASONS TELE-HEALTH MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU:
including access, costs for transit and/or parking, vehicle dependability
available when you are available—even during lunchhour.
includingchildcare, partner care, and eldercare
including physical limitations, mental health limitations
asking for time off work can be a challenge
who doesn’t want to have therapy in slippers
weather is either unpredictable — who wants to commute
no waiting room encounters
ideal for victims of intimate partner violence orother safety concerns
WHEN TELE-HEALTH IS NOT APPROPRIATE
Despite the benefits of utilizing tele-health, there are certain situations when tele-health may not be appropriate. These include:
– Complex mental health diagnoses; i.e., visual and/or auditory hallucinations, active substance use, recent suicidal or homicidal thoughts
– Those 17 years old or younger
– Those with poor Internet connection
The decision to be tele-health only was intentional and thoughtful. Ever since becoming a clinician, I have been committed to providing exceptional care in whatever capacity is most comfortable for my clients. More and more, I heard feedback from my clients that time was tight, and they had to cancel for various reasons— work schedules, illness, childcare needs. Whatever reason was perfectly valid, but ultimately interfered with treatment. Hence, shifting the therapy office to their home made therapy portable, accessible, confidential, and comfortable. In turn, clients often report feeling more at ease, less frazzled/stressed, and more apt to open up and, in turn, therapy is more effective.
Additionally, as a private practitioner I have full control of how many clients are on my caseload at any given time. I believe in keeping a small caseload to provide exceptional client care. Working from home provides me with the ability to be flexible with my available days and times. This is important to me, as I want to be present for my family and I need time to engage in self care activities.
The benefits far outweigh any concerns for most clients, as accessibility to care drastically increases and cancellations drastically decrease. Therapy is delivered in the comfort of your home—when and where you need it.