Have you wondered about virtual counseling or tele-mental health? The attached article below shares a bit about this new modality. And a quick Google search will yield a wide array of articles and companies in support of virtual counseling ... and your money.
Here is my take on it:
- The provider needs to be licensed or supervised by a licensed professional.
- The platform used needs to be HIPAA compliant
- The provider needs to show competency in providing virtual care. This was not a part of most clinician's training. And according to the various codes of ethics, mental health professionals are not supposed to practice outside of their scope
- I, personally, would also caution against many of the platforms where you pay a monthly subscription fee. Most insurances in Minnesota are covering telemental health services
And lastly, it truly is a viable option for many people in many situations. Think about driving in Minnesota in the winter... Or living in a rural community... or being deployed... or
moving away from your established therapist...