Dr. Solomon's Virtual Office May Be a Good Fit For You!
Research has revealed that online therapy services can be just as effective as face-to-face office sessions! (Citations/References available upon request). Online therapy, also known as telehealth, or e-therapy is becoming more and more popular. I really enjoy providing these services due to the ability to reach people outside of regular office hours and outside of my immediate geographical area.
I provide HIPAA compliant online therapy using a Secure Client Portal. You can use my interactive calendar to enjoy the flexibility of scheduling sessions that work best with your busy schedule. This option is available to anyone in the state of Arizona. So, whether you live in Chandler, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, or Tucson (or anywhere in between), I am available to help.
During your online therapy session, we will collaborate on a treatment plan and use this "teamwork" approach to help you reach your goals. On the Secure Client Portal, you will have access to helpful resources, handouts, and notes. You will be write in in your own secure client journal and choose to share your between appointment thoughts with me or utilize the privacy feature. Parents and children can share updates prior to their next appointment to save time for more specific areas to focus on during the online session.
E-therapy services in the Virtual Office include face-to-face video sessions, e-mail support, journaling, and online chat. Phone sessions are also available. Ask if you or your loved one may be a candidate for one of the Self-Directed Programs. These programs are designed to minimize expenses and maximize progress through use of an individualized daily self-directed program assisted by brief weekly consult sessions with Dr. Solomon.
Dr. Solomon's Virtual Office services are:
Evidence-based - based on proven, well-researched treatments drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Fully supported - it's much more than just text. We can meet face-to-face using video conferencing, or meet via a phone call, e-mail, journal, or have an online chat. Services include the online therapy program with easy-to-follow information and tools, daily journaling and therapy tasks, tests to see your progress, and access to many handouts and resources.
Accessible & time saving - there is no need to travel to your therapist's office. You can get help from wherever you are in the world. All you need is a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Private & anonymous - there is no risk of exposing yourself face-to-face in the waiting room or in a therapist's office, which some people feel is very unpleasant.
Secure & confidential - all of your information is saved anonymously on our secure server, where only you and your therapist can access it.
Several reasons why online therapy services can be an advantage over traditional office visits:
Not everyone has access to a local anxiety specialist. For those who qualify, online therapy options can help remedy this problem. Although the availability of well-trained anxiety specialists has improved remarkably in recent years, many individuals still find that their local treatment options are severely lacking. This seems to be particularly true for individuals with OCD, severe anxiety, tic disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors, such as hair-pulling or skin-picking. To help improve the availability of specialty services, I now offer e-therapy for eligible patients through my virtual office.
Flexibility of Services
The services I offer include telephone-based and online (video-conference-based) consultation, assessment, and treatment for *eligible candidates. There is also a secure instant message chat that can be used, however, this cannot be the sole method of treatment. It is used to enhance brief therapy sessions or check-ins and can be particularly effective for older children and teens.
Saves You Time and Money
Online therapy services are super convenient, since you can access a variety of providers, services, and resources quickly and easily. You save time commuting to an office, especially if you live or work far away from the provider you would like to work with. You also save commuting costs, such as gas, train fare, or subway fees.
Better Selection of Providers
Are you frustrated with the lack of providers in your area? Are you uncomfortable going to an office setting where you may see a friend, neighbor, or your child's classmate? Have you had trouble finding a provider within a reasonable distance from you? Online therapy services allow you to reach providers who may have offices hundreds of miles away from you or who have offices close by. Many providers will work with clients online now due to financial, insurance, scheduling, commuting, rapport, and specialization reasons. This allows you to choose from a greater pool of providers and to select someone who you feel is the best fit for you. Don't let geography get in the way!
Kids Can Do it Too
Don't underestimate the ability of children to participate in and benefit from online therapy services. In fact, many children and adolescents actually are more savvy with this service than their parents are. Of course, the success of treatment varies from child to child and family to family, but it may be worth trying. I have been able to work with children and adolescents online conveniently and easily.
Things to Consider
When you meet for your session, be present (e.g., you should not be doing dishes, watching TV, checking your cell phone, or surfing the Internet for information unrelated to treatment or the session). Treat the session the same as meeting in person in an office setting. Make sure the provider is present too.
Make sure the provider is licensed to work with you in your state. Laws vary state to state.
Ask about the security of the program you will use for sessions. These may include video conferencing, phone, e-mail, text, and online chat.
Ask about the benefits and risks associated with online therapy services.
Eligibility Criteria for Online Therapy
1. Are you located in Arizona or New York?
If not, you are not eligible for remote treatment. Due to the way that the process of psychology is regulated, I can only offer remote treatment in states where I am licensed to practice (i.e., Arizona and New York). This is true even for video-conference-based services, such as online OCD therapy. If you are located in Arizona, New York, or a foreign country, you may be eligible for online OCD therapy or another other type of remote treatment. Keep reading to see if you meet the remaining criteria…
2. Can your symptoms be addressed appropriately via remote treatment?
Not all symptoms can be addressed appropriately via online therapy. For example, if you are in a crisis, if you are abusing drugs or alcohol, if you are thinking of harming yourself or others, online therapy is not the best fit for you. Online therapy allows me to easily do some types of treatment but not others, which may limit my ability to help you. Thus, if your treatment is likely to require a significant portion in-person, face-to-face interaction that cannot be replicated via online/telephone-based options, you are not eligible for remote treatment. If your symptoms would be expected to respond to remote treatment, you may be eligible for online OCD therapy or another other type of remote treatment. Keep reading to see if you meet the final criterion…
3. Do I feel that it is in your best interest to receive services remotely?
Every situation is different, and sometimes I feel that it is in a patient’s best interest to work with a local provider (even if that provider is not a specialist). As such, eligibility for for online OCD therapy or another other type of remote service is ultimately at my discretion.