Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Anne-Britt Ekert Rothstein, PhD

Telemental Health

Online therapy or teletherapy refers to therapy services that are provided via the internet rather than in person. Generally, this refers to traditional talk therapy conducted through video chat, but the term can also be applied to other forms of remote communication, such as email or text, between therapists and clients. Historically, teletherapy was sought out by people who could not locate a provider nearby or were unable to easily access one for other reasons. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes face-to-face sessions impossible for the time being, remote sessions are an excellent option. Thankfully due to existing technology, shutdowns and social distancing need not interrupt important mental health care. 

Online therapy is a viable choice not only for those already in therapy but also for those who are seeking to start therapy. There are even some potential advantages of remote therapy. Aside from being able to reach otherwise inaccessible therapists, there are other upsides: It can save time, and some people may be less self-conscious about going to therapy if they are not traveling to a therapist’s office. However, whether online or in person, a strong, positive alliance with a therapist is the best way to bring about positive results. In terms of its effectiveness, research has shown that online therapy can be as effective as face-to-face therapy sessions, as skilled therapists can effectively address many matters online that they address in face-to-face sessions with their clients. For further questions or a phone consultation please call me or send me a secure message.​ Regarding insurance, most insurance plans that cover therapy will reimburse for both online and in-person sessions. However, as this can vary by the insurance provider, it is best to check in directly with the insurance provider if reimbursement is needed.