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General information about telehealth
A Balanced Life LLC uses HIPAA-compliant technology. For individual therapy, we use doxy.me or Sessions (through Psychology Today). Your provider will send you an email just before the start of your appointment with a link. Click on the link to enter the virtual waiting room. You will need a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a camera and a decent internet connection.
While telehealth has been around for a while, there are still many areas of telehealth use in therapy that have not been scientifically validated. It is important for you to be informed that there is not enough research about use of telehealth to publish standards of practice for any specific therapeutic modality, though some therapies, such as EMDR therapy, provide practice guidelines for online delivery.
A Balanced Life LLC follows the National Association of Social Work, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association joint publication of Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice.
Online Services at A Balanced Life LLC for Adults
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat anxiety, depression, as well as to support behavioral change. This will be a main therapy approach for those seeking mental health support during this pandemic.
Emotionally Focused Therapy to treat relationship distress and to support adult growth and development.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, and to address maladaptive behaviors.
Online Child Therapy at A Balanced Life LLC
The current pandemic has created new challenges in providing effective child therapy. The Association for Play Therapy is a reliable resource for providing guidance to play therapists regarding how to best meet therapeutic needs of our child clients. According to information currently available through the Association for Play Therapy (a4pt.org), there are no standards or guidelines available for the use of telehealth child therapy. We are in uncharted territory when it comes to providing research-informed child therapy online.
A Balanced Life LLC will continue to investigate and report on new thinking regarding providing child therapy through telehealth. If you believe that continuing therapy at this time is essential to your child’s well-being, A Balanced Life LLC offers the following online child therapy services:
Activity/Play-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This method is appropriate for school-aged children and adolescents age 8 to 17. Parents and caregivers will be asked to provide support to their child by making sure they are available to help with the technology; can gather and provide supplies; and otherwise support the therapy process as they would in an in-person session. Sessions are pre-planned by the provider and will be communicated to the parent via email including a list of supplies or materials that will be needed for the session.
Filial Family Therapy
This is an evidenced-based treatment useful for helping children with anxiety, aggression, attachment needs, depression, inattention and hyperactivity, oppositional behavior, and trauma. In this modality, parents are coached to become the primary therapeutic change agent for their child using child-centered play. This model will consist of several parent only sessions to orient the parent to the model and provide initial training. The majority of sessions will include the parent and child together. Filial family therapy is appropriate for children ages 3 to 7.