COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED US A LOT ALREADY. Don’t Let It Take Away Your Mental Health Too. Video Therapy is Available!
Video Therapy is Available!
Do You Want the Convenience of Video Therapy?
Is It Difficult for You to Make In-Person Appointments?
Do You Want to Save Commute Time?
We offer Video Therapy for these reasons!
Counseling via video counseling has been proven to be just as effective as in-person therapy. You just need to find a private area in your home or outside for your sessions. If the therapy is for a younger child, our therapists are creative in engaging your child, and can provide parent consultation and support as well. With the improvement in technology, video therapy is quite easy & secure. No need for special software anymore, just a computer with a video camera or your smart phone. All of our therapists are providing video therapy to help you!
Call or Text for a Video Appointment or Free Consultation 650-461-9026
At first, some clients are a bit worried about video therapy and how we will connect if we are not meeting in-person. After 1-2 meetings they see it’s not really an issue, and we’re able to be fully engaged.
Palo Alto Therapy Video Therapist
It’s really convenient and effective for my clients. Video therapy is especially beneficial when working with anxiety. I am able to walk my clients through the steps needed to address their anxiety directly in the place where it is occurring, such as their home, car, or in the office.
Palo Alto Therapy Video Therapist
It’s a way for people to access therapy who wouldn’t be able to fit it into their schedule otherwise. We can pull up worksheets and other tools right on the screen and review these documents together, it’s convenient and efficient!. Palo Alto Therapy Video Therapist
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT TELEHEALTH or VIDEO THERAPY at PALO ALTO THERAPY (FAQ's)
How does it work?
For current clients, contact your therapist as you normally would to make an appointment. Your provider will send you an email link, which you can click to join in a virtual therapy session over Google Meet. You can use your phone, computer or tablet to participate and you do not need to download any software or subscribe to any service. You can talk to your provider as you normally would — it’s that easy!
For new clients, simply call our Care Coordinators at 650-461-9026 — and they will get you all you need to get connected.
Is it confidential?
Absolutely. Our therapists maintain strict confidentiality standards for your protection. During this time of social distancing, our therapists are exclusively providing counseling via video from their areas of their home that have privacy.
Will it be covered by my insurance?
Most healthcare plans provide coverage for telehealth just like in-office therapy. While Palo Alto Therapy is Out-of Network with most insurances, we are able to submit your claims to insurance electronically for you.
I’m home with my family and don’t know if I have a private space to talk — any advice?
We appreciate that can be a tricky dynamic. Some of our clients meet for virtual sessions while on a walk, sitting in their car, or from their backyard. Often our therapists can adjust their schedules to connect with you during less busy times for your household — such as providing sessions on different days and earlier or later than usual. You can also try using headphones and if necessary — or, you can be on the screen but communicating with your therapist by the chat feature, in which you and your therapist can type back and forth.
I’m still not sure telehealth is right for me – maybe I should wait until I can see a therapist in person?
It’s understandable to want to have or continue with in-person therapy. However, in these very unpredictable times, it is unclear how long this will be our new normal. There are a variety of estimated time frames suggested for social distancing measures lasting from 6 weeks to 18 months. Connecting with a counselor via video is an easy way to get started with care — or avoid disrupting your care — and to receive consistent support toward your goals. This can become even more important during these stressful times.
People are continuing to reach out for services at Palo Alto Therapy — with our community experiencing mounting anxieties and losses during this global health crisis. To meet this need, we have increased our capacity. We are able to make prompt appointments for clients when needed, and we are maintaining extended hours of service daily. We want you to be well prepared to face the challenges ahead, whatever they might be.
Have telehealth therapy sessions been proven to be effective?
Yes. There have been numerous studies conducted showing that telehealth is just as effective as in-person counseling.
The American Psychiatric Association(APA) published a physician reviewed article in 2017 that notes the following:
“There is substantial evidence of the effectiveness of telepsychiatry and research has found satisfaction to be high among patients, psychiatrists and other professionals. Telepsychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, quality of care and patient satisfaction. Patient privacy and confidentiality are equivalent to in-person care.” https://www.psychiatry.org/pat…
According to a 2016 article in the World Journal of Psychiatry:
“…telepsychiatry is comparable to face-to-face services in terms of reliability of clinical assessments and treatment outcomes . . . telepsychiatry performed as well as, if not better than face-to-face delivery of mental health services.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4919267/
*Note when seeing the word Telepsychiatry, it is defined by the following –a subset of telemedicine, can involve providing a range of services including psychiatric evaluations, therapy (individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy), patient education and medication management. (APA, 2017)
Other helpful information about telehealth care:
How to Make the Most out of Teletherapy Right Now:
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Meet Our Team of CBT Video Therapists Palo Alto & San Jose
Children 5 and up
Adults of all ages
Types of Therapy
Couples & Family
Groups & Classes
We Help With...
Anxiety & OCD
Panic & Worry
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ADHD & Stress
Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we provide effective & caring counseling. Our therapists are passionate in delivering high-quality therapy & enhance their skills through the latest trainings.
Our relationship with you is valued & of highest importance. We are compassionate, respectful, & honest. Our professional counseling includes working side by side with you towards YOUR goals.
Short-Term & Focused
Our active therapists use tailored homework exercises to help you find relief in a timely manner. By keeping our meetings on track & targeting specific concerns we help you enjoy life again, usually in a matter of months not years.
Appointments after 5pm & Saturdays, friendly administrative staff & two locations: Palo Alto & San Jose. We help children, teens & adults, couples, & families and offer classes & therapy groups. Video therapy available!