Almost everyone in California has been impacted by the pandemic, and this is especially true in how we provide mental health care. Telehealth became a lifeline for many during the shut-down and, over time, became my preferred method of providing therapy. Telehealth means that our sessions are conducted online via video-conference (Zoom), phone, or text. These virtual sessions offer many advantages over traditional therapy: my clients feel more comfortable and safe in their own settings, commuting and parking anxiety is eliminated, and there's more flexibility with appointments.
As a licensed mental health professional, I am required to follow licensing regulations, state laws, and HIPAA regulations that ensure security and confidentiality. As a Telehealth clinician, I have a signed HIPAA business associate agreement (BAA) with Zoom that protects my clients' personal health information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines. I also follow the Telehealth best-practices guideline established by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
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