Hi, everybody! It’s Jasmyne with Relate Family Therapy in Centennial, Colorado. I’ve had several calls asking what it looks like to join teletherapy. Teletherapy is something that people are interested in. It helps them stay in their home and feel like they don’t have to commute into the office. Sometimes it’s just easier to be in your own space to talk to people. At Relate we started teletherapy over a year ago, and we’ve had a lot of great results from it. We like to utilize it for people that maybe can’t get into the office all the time and for people that maybe just don’t want to. Well, right now, we have a special set of circumstances where teletherapy is part of our daily practices. We aren’t seeing people in the office, so when people call for therapy teletherapy is their option. The process of teletherapy is very similar to the process of starting out as a new client. One of the first things that we always do is we have the intake session where we kind of go through what you’re looking for, who would be the best fit, and how we can help you. That first intake is always free, and it’s a time where we can just explore if we’re the right fit for you and who, therapeutically, can help you the best. After that we decide who’s going to be your therapist. You would then have a teletherapy session with them. In that session it will be very similar to what it looks like in the office. They would send you some paperwork through email, you can read through it, you can go through it with the therapist, and then you would start talking about what you’re looking for. The first couple of sessions are really based on just getting to know each other. And doing that on the phone is very similar to what you do in person. From there the therapist would create interventions and a plan. The plan that they execute would be used through teletherapy, and that’s something that we work on as a team, as well. Creative interventions, even with small kids, staying relevant, being able to use things that help people feel like they’re getting the same sort of interaction and relationship that they would be in person. Teletherapy has become the norm, and for good reason. It’s helpful, it’s good to stay connected, and it’s a really nice chance for you to use some of that downtime that you’re having to get to know how you’re feeling about things, and to cope a little bit better with what’s going on in the world. Just give us a call or check out the website at www.relatefamilytherapy.com. That’s a good way to kind of get started and to see what you think about it, and we can talk you through anything through email or on the phone.
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