is telehealth effective for psychotherapy

Adult and pediatric providers agree that providing care via telehealth (real-time visits via a smartphone, tablet, or computer with voice and video) has been critical during the pandemic and beneficial, even if many clinicians are now seeing patients in person. Telehealth’s popularity grew during the pandemic but will most likely continue to be around for many years to come.

Naturally, there are advantages and disadvantages. Also, it isn’t appropriate for every patient or situation. But, many physicians, such as Dr. Nisha Todi, and patients are pleased with how effective it is.

What Exactly Is Telehealth?

Telehealth is the practice of consulting with any doctor or health care expert by phone or videoconference. In this case, it would be reaching out for mental health help. While many people are only now learning about telehealth, it has actually been around for decades. Telehealth sessions are typically conducted using a person’s computer or smartphone and various apps or programs such as Zoom or Skype. It basically is a video conference call where you and Dr. Nisha Todi are talking over the video chat.

Can Telehealth Help Me?

Because therapy includes a personal connection between the client and the therapist, it may seem strange to consider visiting your therapist by computer or phone. Some things are different, and certain aspects of face-to-face interaction have been lost. However, most patients adjust easily and discover they have the same connection to their therapist as they did during office appointments. Telehealth sessions are essentially the same as in-person sessions. Whatever you’re used to doing with your therapist is unlikely to change significantly.

What Are the Benefits of Telehealth?

The primary benefit of telehealth is that you do not need to leave your home or travel to see your therapist. Some patients report feeling more open with their physician because they feel safe and comfortable at home. Specific therapeutic exercises seem to do better using telehealth. This is because people are much more relaxed in their own natural environment.

There are some disadvantages to telehealth, such as finding a great spot to do your session. If you have family that is always home and around, it can be hard to find a good place that you are comfortable with. You and Dr. Nisha Todi can discuss this and devise a solution that might work.

Other possible roadblocks include technology troubles with your phone or computer. These issues usually arise when someone is initially learning how to use telehealth programs and are easily resolved with some basic troubleshooting. Furthermore, telehealth program technology has advanced significantly, making them relatively simple to use and user-friendly, even for those of us who consider ourselves technically impaired!

Is It Secure?

Telemedicine therapy is just as beneficial as traditional therapy. In fact, it is a well-thought-out and developed practice with many benefits. Furthermore, we have put security steps in place to ensure that your sessions are as secure as if you were in person. Numerous protocols and protections are in place to ensure the privacy of Dr. Nisha Todi’s patients.

Still Undecided?

If you’re still unsure about whether telehealth is right for you, you can speak to Dr. Nisha Todi and ask questions. Dr. Nisha Todi has been providing Telehealth sessions for a few years now and is confident that it is very effective in helping people with their mental health. Call 480-494-7589 today to get started.