Telehealth therapy platforms have exploded into sudden prominence in the light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
The pandemic has positioned telehealth as a necessary tool in mental health care to facilitate the recommended isolation and social distancing practices. However, it has created challenges for some people, who need support for anxiety and clinical depression treatments, and those resources are harder to access in person.
The past several weeks have seen a big shift from face-to-face meetings to teletherapy services. Telehealth clinical therapy and Performance coaching allows patients or clients to gain access to exclusive one-on-one sessions with their respective therapists, no matter if they are at home or any other remote location. It is critical for those who are feeling an increased mental or emotional strain brought on by the changes and the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic, to talk to a professional.
Whether you are looking to move your therapy sessions online or just trying to figure out how to start therapy at all, the points below will motivate you to take action
How Can Telehealth Therapy Benefit You?
Telehealth is fast, easy, and convenient. All you need is a strong Internet connection, a laptop with a camera, and a microphone, and you are ready to meet your therapist. You can also set a boundary from your home environment by creating a physical space and boundary to set goals and process daily stressors, performance goals, and brainstorm on ways to be more effective as a performer and more connected as a human being.
Reducing Physical Distance Obstacle
Distance and travel time between patients and care providers are reduced to a significant level where no one needs to move to a different location physically. Fortunately, telehealth clinical therapy can overcome geographical barriers to healthcare, especially for specialized providers. This advantage can be particularly beneficial for patients in medically underserved communities and those in rural geographical locations where clinician shortages exist. Athletes in quarantine at facilities or in smaller remote towns can access support and remain safe at the same time.
Reduces Healthcare Costs
Teletherapy can deliver efficient care, reduce expenses for patients for transporting to another location, and can even help them keep out of the hospital. Remote analysis and monitoring services that are offered by teletherapy services and electronic data storage significantly reduce healthcare service costs for both providers and patients alike. Teletherapy also reduces unnecessary non-urgent ER visits and eliminates transportation expenses for regular checkups and creates efficiency in your work-flow.
Telehealth Therapy emphasizes patient-centered approaches, which is critical to quality patient care. Patients can address healthcare issues quickly with real-time urgent care consultations and learn about their clinical health treatment options within minutes. These virtual visits reassure patients that their providers are available and focused on their treatment. It makes it much easier for them to reach out with any queries, report crises, or warning signs, and make a follow-up appointment to ensure they are on the right track.
Teletherapy provides needed convenience, flexibility, and real-time care that patients love. It makes it easier and more convenient for patients to stay healthy and engaged in their health care as well. They are more involved in their treatment process as they maintain appointments and care schedules, which further help you encourage your patients to make healthy lifestyle choices.
It is the position of many providers that telehealth medical practices that are taking place in response to COVID-19 will continue when the crisis eventually subsides, especially in the case of any infectious disease. It also includes the seasonal flu, and clinics will not want to risk exposing other patients as they sit in waiting rooms, nor risk infecting their healthcare workers. Telehealth therapy and Performance consulting at a distance will play a role in initial consultations before you are called for a face-to-face checkup or evaluation in most cases.
So, do not be afraid to try something different, vocalize what you need and be willing to assist your therapist as you do this work together.
To experience the benefits of teletherapy services, whether you are struggling with anxiety or depression or looking to increase your focus, motivation, and skill set as an athlete or performer, get in touch with Richard Oelberger & book your virtual appointment today.