Teletherapy is psychotherapeutic consultation via videoconference technology. That's a technical sentence that means we use a video interface, me in my office and you at home. Such video interaction carries the possibility of interception, corruption, or misdirection. The program, Doxy.me, is HIPAA secure and safe. It is important for you to use your own equipment to communicate, and specifically not use your employer’s computer or network.
Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives
The benefits of teletherapy include having access to psychotherapy services without having to travel. This can be very useful if you are injured or ill, if you live too far away, or have transportation troubles. A potential risk of teletherapy is that because of your specific medical condition, or due to technical problems, the session is interrupted or stopped. Not being in the same room with you limits my ability to be of help in those rare cases. The alternative to teletherapy consultation is a face-to-face visit in my office.
Medical Information and Records
All laws concerning patient access to medical records and copies of medical records apply to teletherapy. Sharing of any patient data shall not occur without your consent.
You may withhold or withdraw your consent to a teletherapy session at any time before and/or during the session without affecting your right to future care or treatment, or risking the loss or withdrawal of any benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled.