What is Telemedicine?
(Also referred to as Telehealth, Teletherapy or Telepsychiatry)
Telemedicine is a form of video conferencing allowing psychiatrists and therapists to provide services to patients outside of the office, for example at the patient’s home or workplace. It also provides the opportunity for consultation with family members, teachers and other providers involved in the patient’s care. Surveyed patients participating in telemedicine say they are very satisfied with the care they are receiving and that they feel telemedicive is a reliable form of practice. In addition, they find that they are able to keep their appointments on a more regular basis.
What do Telepsychiatry & Teletherapy Require?
For your appointment, you will need to have access to a private place and a computer/tablet/smart phone with a camera and high speed internet. A team member at Daybreak Counseling Center will provide you with access to a secure HIPAA compliant videoconferencing software free of charge. All you have to do is be on your device and logged on at the time of your appointment.
Is Teletherapy Secure? Daybreak Counseling Center ensures the interaction between the patient and therapist is completely secure and HIPAA compliant. The teleconferencing software encrypts all forms of data, including video and audio.
Teletherapy provides the patient with benefits that may lead to better care. We understand it can be difficult to take time off from your busy schedule to come to our office. This form of treatment can eliminate your commute time and lead to less stress, especially when you are scheduled to see your psychiatrist/therapist often. For patients who are usually seen in the office but are sick or traveling, this form of treatment allows you to still keep your appointment without interrupting your care.
How does it work?
When you call and leave a message or fill out a contact form one of our team members will give you a call back to go over payment methods with you prior to your appointment. They will also go over informed consent and the basic legal and ethical guidelines of therapy. Once that is complete, one our therapists will contact to you gather some initial information about what brings you to therapy, goals you would like to work on, etc, and will confirm an appointment time with you. On the day of your appointment your therapist will send you a link to a secure H.I.P.P.A. compliant video interactive service and you and your therapist will have our appointment as scheduled, it's that easy!
Special Discounted Rates During COVID-19 "Safer At Home" Order
During this difficult time we are doing our part to keep Long Beach, Brea, and their surrounding cities safe from the continuing spread of COVID19 by temporarily transitioning to video based tele-therapy sessions at a discounted rate during the 'Safer at Home' order. Your mental health matters during this difficult time. Our thoughts continue to be with the safety and health of our employees, clients, and the world. We will continue to offer our high quality mental health services through video and telephone counseling. Call today for a free telephone consultation at 562-566-4257.