Seasons of Strength offers Telehealth for all services including EMDR, Trauma, PTSD, Couples Counseling, Eating Disorders, Depression, Stress, Grief and Loss. Telehealth is available in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area. Telehealth has demonstrated to be effective as in person therapy without the struggle of need to travel to a location, take off of work, or worry about being in person during the duration of this pandemic!
Hello there! I’m Laureen DiMattia, and I offer individual therapy, couples, and family therapy. I founded Seasons of Strength to help adults overcome hardship, unlock their inner potential, and reach new heights.
If you are interested and ready to sign up, contact me today. To learn more about self-esteem and how therapy can help, read on!
What Is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy refers to mental health counseling services offered online or over the phone. Mental health counselors have begun to offer teletherapy to enable long-distance therapeutic and healthcare services.
To use teletherapy, clients only need a phone, tablet, or computer. Examples of a teletherapy session are:
A phone call
With the use of devices, most people already have access to, getting online therapy can be easy! Advancements in technology have helped both mental health care providers and their clients overcome barriers that previously kept many individuals from providing or seeking treatment.
Advantages of Teletherapy
Teletherapy services have many great advantages over traditional mental health counseling services. There are even instances, such as during a pandemic, when the benefits of online counseling outweigh the benefits of traditional counseling. Teletherapy is beneficial in the following ways:
Enables More Convenient and Easily Accessible Mental Health Care
One of the largest advantages of teletherapy is increased accessibility for all clients. Whether a client has a busy schedule, no mode of transportation, etc. they can still receive mental health care without much hassle.
Teletherapy has been especially convenient for individuals observing the stay-at-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. Clients have been able to continue their treatment from home without the worry of interruption.
Reduces Shortage of Mental Health Services
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five U.S. adults lives with mental illness (or roughly 46.6 million people as of 2017). Of those individuals, less than half received mental health services, for one reason or another.
A common issue seen in the mental health industry is a lack of healthcare providers. In a report by the National Council of Behavioral Health, it was found that there is a national shortage of mental health providers in 77% of U.S. counties. In a traditional setting, fewer healthcare providers would translate to fewer appointment slots available to clients.
Teletherapy, on the other hand, helps connect licensed mental health professionals with clients in need of treatment, despite where he/she lives. So long as the client is within the state of the licensed professional, they could live hundreds of miles away and still receive treatment, where they otherwise might not have had any local options.
Upholds Client Privacy and Improves Comfort
Another reason less than half the individuals suffering from mental health illnesses might not seek treatment is due to the stigma surrounding mental health. It can be assumed that many people might fear being seen entering or leaving their therapist’s office.
With teletherapy, however, the need to visit a physical office location is eliminated. Clients can attend therapy sessions from the privacy and comfort of their own home by calling or video conferencing with their therapist.
Being in a familiar environment has its own perks too! If a client feels safe and comfortable, they’ll be more inclined to open up about their anxiety, depression, or other related issues, thereby improving their overall treatment.
Helps Augment Overall Health Quality
Addressing mental health concerns can positively impact a client’s overall health. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” By this definition, we can assume that without mental health, one cannot be truly healthy.
One study available on the CDC website found mental illnesses, such as depressive disorders, are directly associated with an increase in chronic diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. This is just one example of many where mental health plays a vital role in overall well-being.
Telehealth services also facilitate practitioner collaboration for a more accurate diagnosis. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, telehealth services enabled rural clinicians to acquire new expertise and provide evidence-based healthcare to their communities by consulting with specialists in major cities. In fact, they reported telehealth services successfully helping New York State primary care professionals provide mental health treatment to elderly patients in rural areas.
Enhances Patient and Provider Satisfaction
Telehealth makes it easier for patients to stay healthy and receive care for their specific conditions more consistently. They can enjoy benefits such as convenience, flexibility, and real-time care from their providers.
At the same time, it can be challenging and stressful for healthcare providers to fulfill the needs of each patient and retain them. Telehealth can increase job satisfaction by accelerating and simplifying the process of attending to more patients. Therapists and counselors can use telehealth to balance their work and family life with ease.
What does telehealth therapy look like with Laureen DiMattia?
Let’s work together!
As an EMDR therapist and licensed social worker, I can provide a specialized treatment option for you! EMDR is perfect for anyone who is looking for rapid results or who may have already tried other therapies. If you don’t feel like EMDR is a good fit for you, that’s okay – we can stick with traditional talk therapy!
Each session is completely confidential and specifically designed to meet your goals. Our first meeting is all about helping us get to know each other. I’ll ask lots of questions about your story to get a sense of what might be contributing to the problem, and you get the chance to learn more about how I work and what to expect from treatment.
I provide an individually tailored, evidence-based approach to trauma therapy. I believe that, with the right support and guidance, you can finally move forward from the past. In addition to using EMDR in treatment, I also draw from effective psychotherapy techniques such as psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT.
Therapy for trauma can help you learn to:
- Become “unstuck” and find freedom from trauma
- Relax your body and sleep well
- Reduce frequency of nightmares
- Feel confident and have self-control
- Manage and reduce flashbacks
- Think positively and understand your emotions
- Let go of old pain and move forward with wellness
I call my practice Seasons of Strength for a reason.
All of us experience hardship. All of us go through times where we feel helpless, defeated, and broken. All of us live through ups and downs, through misery and joy. I believe that, no matter what life has thrown your way, you have the power to make things better. You can find your source of strength, freedom, and control.
Together, we can make that happen.
Find Your Season of Strength
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Now offering telehealth in the Washington DC area!