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Is Telehealth right for me?

Capable of managing technology? Like the idea of receiving therapy from the comfort of home? Teletherapy may be right for you.

Lauren Clayton-Wood, TLMFT

Lauren Clayton-Wood, TLMFT

Lauren has training and experience in marital and family therapy. She uses her educational background as a former middle school teacher when working with children and parents. Lauren takes a strengths-based and solution focused approach in helping clients meet their goals.

Telehealth is extremely convenient and may help patients to feel private and more comfortable in sessions. Hooray, no more awkward feelings about bumping into your neighbor in the waiting room! Telehealth also allows patients in rural and underserved areas to see a provider without an hour or more drive.

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Please note, the information in this post is not a replacement for personal medical advice.

Thanks to technology, patients today have access to their medical records, statements and test results online. They can also email their providers instead of playing phone tag. Not only is this convenient and efficient, it also gives patients more control over their personal healthcare.

Like these other healthcare technology gains, teletherapy is quickly gaining in popularity. You may have seen commercials on television lately advertising 1-800 numbers to connect to a counselor through your smartphone. But do your homework before choosing teletherapy to serve your mental health needs. Make sure you are getting services from licensed and board certified professional.

Telehealth allows patients the opportunity to speak with their therapist via laptop, phone or tablet. The advantages to this are numerous. Telehealth is convenient and may help patients to feel their sessions are private and more comfortable. No more awkward feelings about bumping into your neighbor in the waiting room! Telehealth also allows patients in rural and underserved areas to see a provider without an hour or more drive. Saving gas and time, it can also help patients save money while still receiving the same level of care.

Telehealth is great choice for patients who are comfortable with technology, and not experiencing severe symptoms. For those looking for a convenient and flexible therapy option to fit into their busy schedule. However, please take note, teletherapy is not recommended for people who are actively suicidal, homicidal, or are at high risk. Likewise, this service is more successful with individual therapy than relationship therapy.

How to get started

If interested in more information about teletherapy services, please call our office at 319-261-2292. We will ask you to attend your first visit in person. This is to fill out paperwork, review the policies, and receive your initial assessment. We will also help you get setup with our secure telehealth portal at this visit.

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