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Online Therapy and Telehealth Resources

April 22, 2020

Covid-19 News

Jessica Wulf, LMSW, Medical Social Worker          

As the NYS Pause becomes extended and our lives continue to remain in an altered state, our coping skills may be wearing thin and becoming exhausted. The stress from uncertainty, financial pressure, and fear of the virus are continuing to mount. This stress can manifest itself in different ways like feeling angry that our lives must remain paused or unable to sleep from taking in too much news and information. It’s important to know the resources available to you during this time and where to reach out for help when feeling overwhelmed.

Online Therapy and Counseling

There has been an increase in online therapy and apps before the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s easier to talk to someone through messaging or FaceTime than going into an office. These resources are very convenient because they can be accessed through your phone, tablet, or any smart device.

There are some things to consider when looking into this form of therapy:

·         These different companies will probably all require you to complete an assessment or questionnaire to link you with the most appropriate counselor

·         You may need to have reliable internet to video chat

·         Most online counseling is not covered by insurance, there are some exceptions but you will more than likely need to pay privately. Most companies have monthly subscriptions and flat rates.

·         Although you will have to pay privately, it is much cheaper than paying privately for traditional face-to-face therapy

·         You may be able to get reimbursed for some services from your insurance company. You will have to call your insurance company and ask if you eligible for reimbursements and how to request a reimbursement.

BetterHelp- www.betterhelp.com

·         Offers a free evaluation to assess your needs

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Price ranges from $40-$70 a week, billed monthly

ReGain- www.regain.us

·         Specializes in couples and relationship counseling

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Also offers individual counseling

·         Price ranges from $40-$70 a week, billed monthly

Faithful Counseling- www.faithfulcounseling.com

·         License therapists that caters specifically to Christians

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Counseling with a biblical perspective

·         Price ranges from $40-$70 a week, billed monthly

Teen Counseling- www.teencounseling.com

·         For teens from 13-19, to have professional counselors to help with anxiety, bullying, self-esteem, and other mental health challenges

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Counseling is for teens and offers them private sessions and messaging

·         Price ranges from $40-$70 a week, billed monthly

Talkspace- www.talkspace.com

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Offers individual counseling from licensed therapists

·         Offers a subscription service, allowing various plans so you can customize your treatment in a way that’s right for you. Plans range from $65 to $100 per week, but there are no contracts and you can cancel your plan anytime.

·         Currently offering a promo code for $65 off when signing up

Pride Counseling- www.pridecounseling.com

·         Accepting people from every gender, orientation, and identity

·         Video, phone, live chat, messaging- unlimited messaging and can cancel at anytime

·         Specialized counseling that caters to the LGBTQ community

·         Price ranges from $40-$70 a week, billed monthly

Online-Therapy.com- www.online-therapy.com

·         Specializes in CBT, DBT, and other forms of therapy

·         *Currently offering free access to worksheets, yoga and meditation, journals, activity plans, and tests during COVID-19

·         Therapy services are a subscription service starting at $31.96 a week, billed monthly and can be cancelled at any time

·         Offers a complete toolbox of resources and more than the typical chats and messaging

Local Mental Health Agencies

It’s also important to acknowledge that local mental health agencies are still operating and seeing patients. Many are now using telecommunication to talk to patients and provide therapy. The price of therapy in office or through telemedicine has varying costs depending on insurance coverage. You should always check with your insurance company for the most accurate cost of therapy.

Most local agencies are offering telecommunication visits and are accepting new patients. For example agencies like Endeavor, Best Self, Horizons, etc. If you would like a more comprehensive list of local agencies please contact, Jessica Wulf, Medical Social Worker for a list of resources in your area.

Additionally, if you are established with a counselor or therapist reach out to them and see if they are able to communicate with video chat, phone calls, or messaging during this time.

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