Expand Your Practice with Teletherapy

Expand Your Practice with Teletherapy

Thanks to rapidly improving advances in technology, barriers to reaching and helping clients are being broken down more than ever before. In today’s increasingly connected world, geography doesn’t have to keep you from helping clients. Tools like videoconferencing for teletherapy have allowed mental health professionals to expand their practices beyond the limitations of physical location. Teletherapy is an appealing service to add to your practice for a number of reasons. By offering teletherapy services you can bring in more and different clients than you would only providing traditional in-person therapy. In addition to reaching clients outside of your geographical area, you can also attract individuals in your area who don’t want to miss work to travel to appointments or worry about traffic. Clients who are anxious about coming into the office might find teletherapy to be a more approachable alternative to in-person treatment. Teletherapy quite literally breaks down boundaries between clients and therapists.

With different theoretical orientations and specialties, providers are often looking to set themselves apart with a unique niche. This can result in a smaller pool of clients in a provider’s immediate proximity. Fortunately, now with the development of technologies that make teletherapy easy to implement, distance from client to therapist doesn’t have to be an issue any longer. Clients seeking the expertise of a specialized provider can get the care they want without needing to travel long distances.

New providers just starting their practices will find that teletherapy helps attract more new clients, and for existing providers, they can expand to cover more individuals in rural areas, or those coping with difficulties traveling due to lack of transportation or chronic health problems. Additionally, teletherapy can be a good solution in cases where clients have difficulty getting to in-person appointments. For example, teletherapy can be an appealing option for clients who are traveling for vacation or work, or have nontraditional work schedules. Stay-at-home parents who can’t easily find fill-in childcare can also find it helpful. Older adults that have difficulty with mobility or transportation can also benefit from the flexibility provided by remote teletherapy sessions. Providers using teletherapy often find that no-show and cancellation rates are lower, as it is much easier for clients to attend sessions when all it takes is a click.

HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing software also makes providing supervision and consultation to other providers a breeze. Consultees and trainees will appreciate being able to connect to the provider from anywhere, and it can make brief consultations much more feasible. Furthermore, group therapy also gets a particular boost from this technology; specialty groups that might not have enough individuals in one location can proceed even when participants are widely distributed.

Unlike in the early days of videoconferencing technology, current teletherapy software requires no hardware or downloads. Individuals (both providers and clients) can use the equipment that they already own. More and more people are familiar and comfortable with videoconferencing technology due to the rise in popularity of programs like Skype or FaceTime used for personal video chats. Additionally, teletherapy can reduce overhead and providers can improve their bottom line by conducting therapy from a home office, saving money on a lease.

Interested in expanding your practice with teletherapy? Check out Pacifica for Clinicians, a HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform that engages your clients while offering a variety of valuable tools like clinical assessments.