Telepsychology is simply the practice of psychology via telehealth using a secure audio/video connection. You and I would have a face-to-face interaction, but at a distance. There are many reasons why you may choose to receive therapy in this way. You may feel more comfortable doing therapy in your own home as a matter of convenience and time saved on commuting. You might be uncomfortable going to a physical location due to concerns around confidentiality and stigma. Child care and transportation issues may make in-person therapy difficult or impossible. You may live in an area where access to a psychologist is limited.
Whatever the reason you choose, telepsychology may be an effective option for you. The good news is that researchers have been studying telepsychology for many years, and most studies indicate that mental health care delivered remotely is as effective as in-person treatment. Research so far has also shown high levels of patient satisfaction with remote care. My experience delivering therapy via telepsychology bears this out. When we schedule our free 15-minute phone consultation, we will discuss your circumstances and determine whether telepsychology is appropriate for your particular concerns. If so, distance is no longer a barrier to us working together and I look forward to discussing how I may be able to help you meet your goals.
PSYPACT is an interstate compact which has the authority to permit licensed psychologists in participating states to practice across state lines after they have undergone a careful vetting process. I have an Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) credential conferred by PSYPACT. My mobility number is 8545, and you can verify any psychologist's PSYPACT credentials at this site. I am a licensed psychologist in Maryland and the APIT authorizes me to also practice telepsychology in the following states:
District of Columbia
Northern Mariana Islands
Vermont has enacted PSYPACT legislation and will go into effect 7/1/2024. Massachusetts and New York have also introduced PSYPACT legislation but have not yet enacted it. I am not able to practice in these states yet, but I will update information about the legislation here as it becomes available.
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