Is Telehealth a Good Option For Your Behavioral Care?

In today’s world, you don’t always need to go to a doctor’s office to get mental or behavioral healthcare. With telehealth, you can talk to a care provider through video conferencing on your phone or laptop at home.

At Sunrise Services, we believe telehealth can make behavioral health services far more accessible for many people in our community. We’ve been using this technology to help people in our community for several years now.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth encompasses the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely and manage one’s health care. This can include consultations via videoconferencing, texting health professionals, and using online management systems.

Over recent years, telehealth has evolved and seamlessly integrated into behavioral health. It provides an accessible platform for many forms of outpatient care, including psychological support and counseling.

The Advantages of Telehealth for Behavioral Care

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Telehealth has numerous advantages when it comes to behavioral care.

Removes Geographical Barriers: It makes it easier for people to access care from the comfort of their homes without the need for travel.

Provides Increased Privacy And Comfort: Patients can receive care in their own homes, which helps them open up and discuss sensitive issues without fear of judgment.

Offers Flexible Scheduling Options: Accommodating both the patient’s and the therapist’s busy schedules. This makes it easier to manage and attend sessions.

Extends The Reach Of Mental Health Services: It allows people who previously had limited access to these services to receive the care they need.

Challenges of Telehealth in Behavioral Care

Technology: Not everyone is tech-savvy or can access the necessary digital tools and high-speed internet. Technology barriers may limit your ability to use telehealth services.

Establishing a Strong Patient-Provider Connection: For some people, the absence of physical presence can sometimes hinder the development of a robust therapeutic relationship. However, this challenge can be mitigated with deliberate effort and strategies, such as more frequent check-ins.

Privacy and Security Concerns: The rise of telehealth has led to valid data privacy and security concerns. Sunrise Services is acutely aware of these concerns, employing stringent security measures to protect patient information, such as using HIPAA compliant software and having the clinician sit in a private room to ensure privacy.

Is Telehealth Right For You?

Telehealth has undeniably transformed the landscape of behavioral health care, offering increased accessibility, convenience, and comfort for many patients. However, it’s not without its challenges, including technological barriers for patients who aren’t as tech-savvy or don’t have a reliably fast internet connection. Also, some types of treatment can’t be delivered through telehealth, such as treatment for chemical dependency.

Sunrise Services is at the forefront of behavioral healthcare access in Western Washington. We are committed to providing exceptional care to our community, whether in person or through telehealth. To learn more about our telehealth options for behavioral health care and whether they make sense for you, contact us today.

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