I am licensed to provide individual psychotherapy and relationship counseling in the State of Oregon (#L4134). Our telehealth sessions are provided by a HIPAA-compliant, secure version of Zoom.
Advantages to Telehealth (even if you’re in Eugene)
- Convenience from Eugene or Anywhere: Opting for virtual therapy provides unparalleled convenience, enabling you to attend sessions from the comfort of your home or any location in Oregon. You can save time and money on travel while still accessing quality mental health services.
- Accessible to All: Virtual therapy breaks down geographical barriers, making it accessible to clients living in remote areas or with limited mobility. It ensures that everyone, even if in Eugene, can benefit from therapy services.
- Flexible Scheduling for Busy Lives: Virtual appointments offer greater scheduling flexibility, accommodating your busy work or family commitments. Whether you have a demanding job, childcare responsibilities, or other obligations, you can find a time that suits you best.
- Safety and Comfort During Uncertain Times: During times of public health concerns, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual therapy ensures your safety by avoiding potential exposure. You can receive the support you need without compromising your well-being.
- Alleviates Anxiety When Meeting In-Person: For individuals in Eugene dealing with anxiety or social discomfort, virtual therapy provides a valuable solution. The option to attend sessions from the familiar and safe environment of your home can significantly reduce the anxiety associated with meeting a therapist face-to-face. This added comfort empowers clients to open up more freely, fostering a deeper therapeutic connection and making the overall therapeutic journey more beneficial.
Disadvantages to Telehealth
- Technical Challenges: Virtual therapy relies on technology, and technical issues like internet connectivity problems or video/audio disruptions can occasionally interrupt the therapeutic flow. However, these challenges can often be resolved with troubleshooting or alternative communication methods.
- Limited Non-Verbal Cues: Unlike in-person sessions, virtual appointments may not capture all non-verbal cues, such as body language, as clearly. While therapists are skilled in adapting to virtual settings, some subtle nuances might be missed.
- Distractions at Home: Being in your home environment during virtual sessions might introduce distractions that can impact your focus and engagement. Finding a quiet and private space is essential for maintaining a conducive therapeutic atmosphere.
- Privacy Concerns with Technology: Clients might worry about the confidentiality of virtual sessions due to potential data breaches or unauthorized access. Ensuring secure platforms and using encrypted communication can address these concerns, which is why I utilize Zoom.
- Technology Familiarity: Some clients, particularly those who are less tech-savvy, might feel apprehensive about using video conferencing platforms. However, with basic guidance and support, this barrier can be easily overcome.