Cognitive behavior therapy is typically conducted using weekly sessions. This format of service delivery is commonplace among cognitive-behavioral psychologists in clinical practice as it is supported by an abundance of research, meets the practical needs of most clients, and allows for between session learning and mastery of skills. Nonetheless, treatment in this manner may not be feasible for some clients. Individuals who are unable to leave their homes, or those who lack access to well-trained cognitive-behavioral psychologists in their geographical areas may benefit from sessions which are provided using teletherapy. Teletherapy, also referred to as telehealth or telepsychology, refers to the provision of psychological treatments using video and audio technologies so that clients can receive clinical treatments even when they are not able to meet face-to-face in the office.
At the Center for CBT, our teletherapy services are provided using HIPAA compliant videoconferencing. The process is user-friendly and requires a computer, microphone and camera, and a solid Internet connection (wired or Wi-Fi), but no software downloads. As a specialty practice committed to providing services that are supported by the best available research, it is worth noting that teletherapy has been well studied in recent years and has been shown to be effective for the treatment of several child and adult conditions. That said, teletherapy is not without limitations and does not fully replace the advantages of face-to-face treatment. We are confident in this approach as a means to meet many mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults when in-person meetings are not feasible.