WHAT IS ONLINE THERAPY OR TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth is the online distance version of a healthcare visit. All healthcare professionals are able to provide online sessions to clients, depending on the issue. For mental health services, telehealth or teletherapy is a great way to practice your self-care and progress in your emotional wellness. You may have heard it called online counseling, e-therapy, telehealth, virtual therapy, online therapy. Whatever you call it, research has shown teletherapy to be just as effective as in-person sessions and we are excited to offer this avenue to continue to journey alongside you towards healing and hope.
At Authentic Connections Counseling Center (AC3), our online sessions are done on video or phone. This gives clients the flexibility to pick whichever method they prefer to do their counseling sessions. For video sessions, we provide a free and easy-to-use video service that can be accessed through laptop, desk computer, phone, or tablet. Our video service is HIPAA compliant. Check out more on how to access your appointment here.
WHY ONLINE THERAPY OR TELEHEALTH?
During the COVID-19 crisis, we have to adapt more regularly. At AC3 we have chosen to offer online sessions to protect the community and honor what you feel is safest for you and your family. This is so you may be able to continue your therapeutic journey.
- FLEXIBILITY and CONVIENENCE
Not only just for now during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other times teletherapy it is a great option as well. You can schedule an appointment at a time that works for you. This allows for time to get a work out in, make a healthy meal, play with your kids, exercise, or make it to a social outing. You may have car trouble or maybe your boss assigned an unexpected project on you and you need to work late. Instead of missing your session, teletherapy lets you still make your session when unexpected things come up.
- REALITY OF MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES
Let’s just pause for a moment and acknowledge the fact that when you are struggling with overwhelming anxiety, trauma, grief, or depression, sometimes you just don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home. We get it. Online therapy can be a great choice for you in getting your life back.
For those of you wanting to work on your marriage but the thought of looking at childcare costs and driving time and multiple schedules to juggle, it might work better to throw a movie on TV for the kiddos, hand them a bowl of mac and cheese, and lock yourselves in a home office or bedroom and do a couples session online.
For those of you with infants at home, we know how hard it can be to leave the house with a nap or a nursing schedule. This is also a great time to utilize our online services to work through some perinatal concerns.
Need we say more about yoga pants or PJ’s and not leaving your home on a snowy day?
- SERVING THE WHOLE STATE OF COLORADO
Whether you are in our hometown of Castle Rock or in the nearby towns of Castle Pines, Larkspur, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Monument or Parker we are able to meet with you now without having to jump on I-25 or C-470! And if you live in, or are just visiting, one of our amazing mountain towns of Breckenridge, Telluride, Ouray, Durango, Glenwood Springs to name just a few…we are still able to meet with you.
WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?
While the therapists at AC3 use a HIPAA compliant platform and a private room to virtually meet with you, some people are concerned about privacy in their homes, especially during the shelter in place order. We recommend some different ways to help ensure your privacy at home.
- Go into your bedroom or bathroom and close the door
- Use headphones
- Go for a walk
- Sit in your car
- Use a conference room (when back at work) with a sign “do not disturb, meeting in place”
- Use a white noise app and place your phone or tablet by the door of the room you are in