Potomac Programs is a leading mental health service in the United States, with teletherapy treatment currently being offered in:
If you are a parent, teenager or young adult who believes that a telehealth service could be the type of flexible treatment that you need, you may want to consider meeting with a therapist at Potomac Programs.
We offer teletherapy as part of our Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), for issues like:
- Behavioral problems
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
What Is Teletherapy?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), telehealth or teletherapy is “broadly defined as the use of communications technologies to provide and support health care at a distance.”
The NIH continues, stating that teletherapy:
“Has become a valuable tool for improved health thanks to combined advances in a number of areas, including communications, computer science, informatics and medical technologies.”
In short, teletherapy is the online delivery of mental health services through virtual technology, like video conferencing.
This video technology, similar to FaceTime, Skype or Zoom applications, can now connect clients and their families to therapists efficiently and quickly, no matter the physical distance between them, through the use of a video or webcam. One important thing of note, however, is that online therapy and teletherapy services are often offered on more secure, virtual platforms to maintain clinical fidelity and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or, HIPAA-compliance.
How Does Teletherapy Work?
Whether being used in a group or one-to-one therapy session, teletherapy services work in much the same way as traditional therapy – they just take place virtually on a HIPAA-compliant platform.
These teletherapy sessions are scheduled at specific intervals and times that are suitable for clients, families and therapists, who will all login to a secure virtual platform at a specific time. Though the environment is virtual, the same techniques and types of face-to-face therapy can occur between clients and therapists.
Potomac Programs utilizes a virtual platform called “RingCentral” with a Zoom integration, to conduct teletherapy sessions with clients and still maintain HIPAA-compliance and clinical fidelity.
Does Teletherapy Actually Work?
NIH research has found teletherapy to be an effective form of therapy, with little to no differences between this virtual therapy vs. traditional therapy sessions.
“Telehealth is a promising service delivery method,” the NIH states. “This alternative service delivery model has the potential to improve access to… many services for children.”
That being said, however, it is also important to remember that, much like traditional therapy, teletherapy sessions can only be as successful as clients and families make them. Those individuals who struggle with an internet connection or using virtual platforms for teletherapy might still want to consider traditional therapy as an alternative.
Some benefits of teletherapy that clients and families have found include:
Especially for those clients located in more rural areas in the U.S., teletherapy allows therapy to be more accessible and gives families more of an opportunity to seek out regular therapy sessions when needed.
One of the greatest benefits of teletherapy is its convenience for both clients and therapists. Families can reach therapists from their homes and schedule a teletherapy session if/when a crisis is occurring, in real-time, instead of having to worry about a commute or wait to receive treatment.
Similar to convenience, teletherapy also provides flexibility for both clients and therapists to make time for sessions outside of the normal office or working hours. This is very beneficial to busy clients still looking for support when they need it the most.
Does Potomac Programs Provide Teletherapy?
Potomac Programs is one of the premier mental health services in the U.S., with teletherapy treatment currently being offered throughout the states of Maryland, Missouri and Utah through our Virtual IOP.
Nate Luongo, LCSW-C and Clinical Director of Potomac Programs in Maryland, elaborates on the telehealth service:
“Our Virtual IOP now opens up new possibilities to serve more young people who have difficulty accessing treatment.”
“During this last week, we have seen an increase in client engagement and a positive response by therapists. I look forward to seeing how we can continue to engage our young people and their families virtually.”
Potomac Programs Offers Teletherapy in Maryland, Missouri and Utah
Our telehealth Virtual IOP program provides the following services to our adolescent and young adult clients (ages 14-24) and their families throughout the state of Maryland, as well as the states of Missouri and Utah:
- Potomac Day Programming: Clients participate in virtual group therapy sessions three hours daily, four to six days a week, depending on needs
- Potomac Eve Programming: Clients participate in virtual group therapy sessions three hours daily, four days a week
- Potomac Education Support: Clients can participate in weekly education check-ins to ensure keeping up with schoolwork remains a focus
- Potomac Individual and Family Therapy: Clients can participate in one hour of Individual Therapy weekly and one hour of Family Therapy every other week
- Potomac Multi-Family Skills Groups: One Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group takes place every two weeks and is designed for parents to join their children in learning DBT
- Potomac Parent Support Groups: Clients’ parents can participate in a weekly parent support group to practice skills together during a regularly scheduled group time
- Potomac Psychiatry Check-Ins: Clients can participate in weekly psychiatry check-ins
Additionally, our Potomac therapists have also created a series of virtual DBT skills training videos to enable clients and families to practice their skills from wherever they are.
Here, you can find a list of useful telehealth and telemedicine resources that we have gathered for starting your teletherapy journey.
You can learn more about the virtual teletherapy and video platforms and software that we use, as well as read suggestions and tips on how to make the most of it with your therapist:
Mental Health Therapy
- Mental Health America: “How Teletherapy Works”
- National Council for Behavioral Health: “Behavioral Health and Telehealth”
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Telehealth Challenges and Opportunities”
- “CMS Expands Medicare Telehealth Services”
- “Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications”
- “Telehealth Accreditation”
If you are a parent to a 14 to 24-year-old or are a young adult who could benefit from teletherapy yourself, we invite you to learn more on our website or by connecting with Potomac Programs at: (855) 248-0537.