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What Is Teletherapy?

teletherapySince the end of March, I have been seeing therapy and coaching clients 100% online utilizing teletherapy.
Only two clients decided to not continue out of my full case load. Of course, I have had a ton of new clients since then.
I now ask every potential client upon our first call if they are okay working with me using teletherapy despite the fact we may never meet face to face.
I only take those who say yes.
Yes, teletherapy feels different.
But that isn’t what we should be focusing on.

What Is Teletherapy?

We should focus on it being equally as helpful especially during this chaotic time.
We are blessed to have amazing technology with a very low barrier to entry for resources.
Some insurance plans are even offering $0 co-pay for therapy. Some therapists are offering sliding scale or discounts.
All one needs is a cell phone, tablet or laptop with internet to access a therapist.
I had one client drive to a Starbucks near their house to get wifi so they can feel like they are getting out of the house for their session.
I know other therapists that are doing walk & talk or socially distanced outside sessions.
Yes, navigating confidentiality is more tricky during these times but collaboratively we can figure it out.

I remember that back in the day people used to say ” oh, you have a therapist, whats wrong with you?”
Now, the stigma has drastically changed to the point where people can playfully say ” oh, you don’t have a therapist, whats wrong with you?”
If anyone out there has been holding off in finding someone to talk to, please don’t wait any longer.
Many of us aren’t reopening anytime soon in person.
We want to help you. It’s our passion and purpose to do so.
Allow us to do what we were put on this earth to do.
All you need to do is pick up the phone and call.

With Telehealth, you can see a licensed mental health professional anywhere in the state that they are licensed.
So that means if there is a specialist you would have loved to see but the drive was too far, now you no longer have an excuse!
I have been seeing new therapy clients all over Florida and have coaching clients all over the world.
If you are local in South Florida and want suggestions of clinicians ( if you aren’t comfortable working directly with me,I do have an associate who is amazing at working with adolescents and their families, Michelle Roisman), please feel free to reach out to me and I will happily point you in the right direction.
I have dozens of amazing colleagues here in South Florida that are incredible practitioners.
I also have a large network of integrative health practitioners, both Mind “Doc’s” ( therapists) and Body Doc’s (Chiropractic, Acupunture, PT, Nutritionist, etc) all over the world that I trust as well to connect you with.

*Time Hack: If you want to see someone in network, contact your insurance provider and ask for in-network mental health professionals.
Save your time by doing that first and getting a list before you randomly start calling around to see if someone is in network with your insurance.
If you are looking for a specialist or going out of network, your best bet is to go to sites like Goodtherapy or Psychology Today.

If you want more info, email [email protected] or visit us at https://thefamilyroomsfl.com

Jason

Jason

Jason Wasser, LMFT is a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Neuro Emotional Technique Practitioner and Certified Entrepreneur Coach.
He runs a full service online Therapy & Coaching practice in South Florida and is the host of the You Winning Life Podcast.

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