Online Counseling (TBH):
Convenient and Confidential
Telebehavioral Health (TBH)
With the increasing availability of secure, free and HIPAA-compliant technology, it is now possible to offer confidential on-line video and/or audio counseling and psychotherapy. The term “Telebehavioral health” or “TBH” is sometimes used to name this service.
While TBH is not appropriate for every client or situation, I believe it can be beneficial when it is deemed clinically appropriate. The obvious advantage is that it allows a confidential video conference without having to come to an office.
It is important to note that when I see you in my office, I have full control and responsibility for the privacy of our session. When we are working on-line however, I can only control what happens on my end of the conversation. The responsibility to ensure privacy on your end is up to you.
There are certain other limitations and risks with using TBH that are described in the TBH Policies and Consent form that you will find below. Please review this form carefully and discuss any questions with me before you sign it. I will need to get your signed consent form in hand before we have our first on-line session.
The system I use for TBH counseling is called Doxy.me. I selected Doxy.me because they are a leader in the industry offering HIPAA-compliant video conferencing at no cost to you. Their seems to do very well in regard to quality and reliability.
If we decide that TBH is appropriate and desired, I will send you an email link to my Doxy.me virtual waiting room using the email address of your choice. Please be sure to consider whether the email address you give me is appropriate for this use. It may not be wise for example, to use a work e-mail account to which others may have access. A private account is almost certainly a better idea.
TBH sessions are available at all regular appointment times. The scheduling tool that can be accessed at the top or bottom of any page on this site can be used to see available appointment times and select what works best for you.
TBH sessions conducted through Doxy.me are encrypted and secured to HIPAA standards. Complete privacy and security however is a shared responsibility between the therapist and the client.
Questions? or Ready to Take the Next Step...
If you have questions, feel free to call or email. If you are ready to schedule a session, first open and read the two forms below. The release form must be signed and returned by email or snail mail before the first TBH session.