Is video counseling right for you?
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
So, when does online video counseling using an app like Skype make the most sense? It can be the best option when convenience, scheduling flexibility, and extra privacy are a priority for you.
...no fighting traffic or juggling childcare to squeeze in appointments
...have a counseling session using your smartphone, tablet, or computer
...the privacy and convenience of connecting from the comfort of your home
...seeing a specialist not available in your local area
...maintaining your momentum to reach your goals even when traveling
HOW DO I CONNECT VIA ONLINE VIDEO?
Connecting via video is simple and secure, I use VSee, a free teleconferencing app designed for your security and privacy. VSee works with Android and iOS on any device. You only need a regular high-speed internet connection, I chose VSee because it's intuitive, stable even over long distances, and secure.
After scheduling your first video appointment, I will send you an invitation to join me on VSee. Once logged in, you can click VSee's handy test call button to check and adjust your settings.
IS VIDEO COUNSELING ONLINE AS EFFECTIVE AS IN-PERSON?
Yes. In a number of research studies on effectiveness, remote web-based video therapy was found to be equally, and in some cases, even more effective, than traditional in-office counseling or therapy.
Have more questions about video counseling via the internet or how it works? Just drop me a line or give me a call.
CAN I USE SKYPE OR FACETIME FOR COUNSELING?
It's not recommended. VSee is my video conferencing app of choice because it meets federal regulations to safeguard privacy and security of your personal health information, unlike Skype or FaceTime. Your data and conversations are not as secure while using Skype or FaceTime to meet with a professional online. VSee was built specifically for secure telehealth service delivery and is also free and easy to use. VSee also has the advantage of using lower bandwidth, so it's more stable across long distances, overseas, and in rural locations.
CAN I USE INSURANCE FOR VIDEO COUNSELING?
Sometimes. Health insurance coverage has increased dramatically in recent years for online video counseling, aka "telehealth' or "telemedicine." Coverage varies by plan and from state to state. Telehealth for mental and behavioral health services are mandated by Texas law for certain types of plans. I'm an approved telehealth provider with several major insurers. Health benefit plans often stipulate that a "HIPAA-compliant" technology such as VSee is used to maintain your healthcare privacy. Check the list of insurance plans I'm contracted with and call Member Services for your health plan to check for coverage and any special requirements or authorization needed.
DO I HAVE TO BE A TEXAS RESIDENT TO MEET WITH YOU?
Yes, but you don't have to live in Texas to meet with me. I can provide counseling services to you wherever you're located around the globe. If you're a college student from Texas living away from home in another state or country, I can still work with you. Likewise, if you're a US military or government employee residing in Texas but stationed overseas. If you're not a Texas resident, you can check the following link to locate an online provider in your state.
I've had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people from rural Texas, other states, and other countries. Working with people who would otherwise not have easy access to needed counseling support is not only an important cause which I'm an active advocate for, it's also a great privilege and an interesting experience that I enjoy.