In addition to offering counseling in person, I offer telepsychology counseling, also called distance counseling, as both a primary mode of counseling and on an “as needed” basis.
Telepsychology counseling (i.e., distance counseling, telemental health, or online therapy) is defined as counseling using electronic, telephone or visual telecommunications.
While meeting in person is often a preferred method of doing counseling, there are situations when this option is not easily possible or preferable for every person seeking therapy. The circumstance could be that the client needs a crisis or support phone call; has transportation, childcare, privacy, accessibility and/or physical challenges; is out of town, or in the hospital; or lives or works a distance from my office.
I have a number of clients who connect with me using telepsychology because they live or work outside of the country, permanently or temporarily, as ex-pats (expatriates).
How it works
With the exception of increased confidentiality protection, all of my policies and procedures are the same for telecommunications counseling as they are for in person counseling. Contact me by phone or email to schedule your initial free 30 minute phone consultation. We will go from there to coordinate the necessary “new client” paperwork, to schedule a phone or visual communications intake appointment, and then the subsequent counseling sessions.
Confidentiality and visual telecommunications
Your confidentiality and privacy is very important to me. I have additional confidentiality policies, emergency emotional and self-care procedures, and an additional consent form for counseling done with me using visual telecommunications. These policies and procedures are guided by the HIPPA and HITECH privacy rules and standards for telecommunications. Clients who prefer visual telecommunications have the option to use Skype or FaceTime. However, neither of these forms is a guaranteed format for client confidentiality. Therefore, I also offer an extra level of confidentiality protection: a privacy-protected format called Doxy.me (which is HIPPA and HITECH protected). We will discuss the different forms of communication and your preferences in your intake appointment.
For more detailed information about my distance counseling services:
- Telepsychology and Distance Counseling with Irene PDF – explanation of services
- Risks of Telepsychology/Distance Counseling
- Distance Counseling Informed Consent Form – I request that all clients using telecommunications sign this form.