Online Mental Health Counseling

Online Mental Health Counseling

Telehealth, otherwise known as telemedicine, is an excellent alternative to face to face counseling. It is being highly utilized during the Covid-19 Coronavirus health crisis due to social distancing constraints on psychotherapy. Most therapists are taking advantage of technology available when Stay Home, Stay Safe regulations are in effect. Telehealth provides the therapist and the patient to have both visual and audible communication. The person receiving therapy is required to have an electronic device with camera capability such as a cell phone, tablet or computer. The counselor uses a HIPA-A compliant platform to facilitate the session. Sheila Owen LCSW uses TheraNest.com software which is completely confidential and private.

With most Americans including Connecticut residents observing shelter in and stay home – stay safe precautions, family time has increased, sometimes to the extent of tension or conflict. Some people feel like they are stuck in the house together. Children are being home schooled and parents with non-essential jobs are working from home. As the weeks of isolation continue, the rates of child abuse and domestic violence are expected to rise. Already about half of the American people have reported that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health.

The general public is fearful of contracting the virus or are anxious that close friends or family will test positive. Many have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and are very stressed about finances. Anxiety, panic and depression may be prevalent. Others may turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety.

The world is coming together as a united front to combat this deadly pandemic. Please reach out to PeachTree Counseling for telehealth today at 203-200-7196. Either brief or long term counseling. Most insurances companies including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, Husky and Medicare have extended telehealth services during this health crisis. Some have waived coinsurance for the next 90 days. Let us help you in this time of need and come up with a solution for you and your family.

Source: Center for Disease Control: http://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019