Video counseling sessions are therapy sessions conducted via video format utilizing a secure HIPAA compliant platform. Sessions are conducted remotely utilizing a computer/laptop, therefore eliminating the need for traveling to my offices. This option is particularly helpful for individuals who have medical symptoms that are unpredictable, physical challenges with traveling and/or are caring for a loved one and do not have sufficient time to get to an appointment.
What equipment and/or software is needed for video counseling?
In order to effectively make the most of video counseling sessions, the following is needed: a computer/laptop, webcam, headset/earbuds and a microphone. Individuals will also need an understanding of how to download software and maneuver certain settings so as to optimize video and sound quality. Smartphones are not fully compatible with the video software program I utilize and therefore cannot be used.
Does my insurance pay for video counseling sessions?
Many insurance companies only cover video counseling when it is administered in a medical facility setting like a hospital, rehabilitation center or other types of medical clinics. The settings in which I conduct my video sessions are not considered a facility/clinic and therefore the majority of insurance carriers I contract with will not cover the cost of our video sessions. There are, however, some insurance companies that will cover tele-health sessions. Feel free to reach out to me to discuss the specifics of your insurance coverage. If your insurance does not cover tele-health sessions, we can discuss fees as well.
I live in another State, could I obtain video counseling with Christine?
At this time, various professional organizations encourage therapists to practice within the state(s) they are licensed in so as to ensure the client has access to the best possible care. I am currently licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York. Therefore, if you reside in these states we can certainly proceed with video counseling. If you reside outside of these states, unfortunately, we are not able to work together.
What next steps should I take if I'm interested in setting up a video counseling session?
Please reach out to me via phone (718-314-9280) to let me know you are interested in this option. We will briefly discuss your situation, review the specifics of video counseling and set up an intake appointment, which will be conducted in my office. The purpose of the intake appointment is to verify that video counseling is a suitable format for your needs and our work together.
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