Telehealth is changing the way healthcare is delivered. Whether you’re limiting public areas or just want to save travel time, virtual therapy or psychiatry appointments are a convenient option. With HIPAA secure Telehealth, you get the same quality face-to-face service via your phone, tablet or computer. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your Telehealth session:
Before your Telehealth appointment
Make a list
Write down two or three issues you want to address so you won’t forget anything important. Sometimes when you’re in the moment you lose your train of thought, and having a list will help you remember everything important.
Call from a quiet place
Try to find a quiet, comfortable place to talk. Consider using headphones or earbuds to improve sound quality and maintain privacy. Also, test any equipment before your appointment so you can troubleshoot any challenges.
Be prepared and ready to go a few minutes before your appointment time.
Treat your telehealth therapy session as if you are meeting with your provider in-person. Avoid engaging in any tasks you wouldn’t do if you and your therapist were meeting in their office, such as folding laundry or cooking.
DURING YOUR Telehealth APPOINTMENT
Be Ready to Open Up
Don’t hold back emotionally, and speak clearly so your therapist can understand what you are saying. Try to make “eye contact” with your camera so the connection between you and your therapist is stronger. Be honest and open about your fears, challenges, and frustrations. Also, be candid about what you’re hoping to get from treatment.
When you begin your call, ask if you’ll be receiving a recap of what you talk about. It’s always a good idea to take notes to help you remember the most important insights and recommendations.
Ask about follow-up Telehealth appointments
Check with your provider about follow-up sessions so you have a complete understanding of your treatment path.
Remember, Telehealth can prescribe medication, help you better cope with symptoms, and get support as well as an in-person session. Try Telehealth and see how easy and effective online treatment can be. Contact LifeStance Health via the link below for an immediate psychiatry or therapy appointment.