Amanda Torre MFT 88617
Telehealth refers to providing psychotherapy services remotely using telecommunications technologies, such as video conferencing or telephone. One of the benefits of telehealth is when the client and clinician can engage in services without being in the same physical location. This can be helpful in ensuring continuity of care if the client or clinician moves to a different city in California or is otherwise unable to continue to meet in person. It is also more convenient and takes less time. Telehealth, however, requires technical competence on both our parts to be helpful. Although there are benefits of telehealth, there are some differences between in-person psychotherapy and telehealth, as well as some risks.
-Risk of confidentiality. Because telehealth sessions take place outside of the therapist’s private office, there is potential for other people to overhear sessions if you are not in a private place during the session. On my end I will take reasonable steps to ensure your privacy. But it is important for you to make sure you find a private place for our session where you will not be interrupted. It is also important for you to protect the privacy of our session on your cell phone or other device. You should participate in therapy only while in a room or area where other people are not present and cannot overhear the conversation.
-Issues related to technology. There are many ways that technology issues might impact telehealth. For example, technology may stop working during a session, other people might be able to get access to our private conversation, or stored data could be accessed by unauthorized people or companies.
-Crisis management and intervention. Usually, I will not engage in telehealth with clients who are currently in a crisis situation requiring high levels of support and intervention. Before engaging in telehealth, we will develop an emergency response plan to address potential crisis situations that may arise during the course of our telehealth work.
- Efficacy. Most research shows that telepsychology is about as effective as in-person psychotherapy. However, some therapists believe that something is lost by not being in the same room. For example, there is debate about a therapist’s ability to fully understand non-verbal information when working remotely.
Typical fee for 50 minute session is $120 for individual therapy and $180 for family and marital therapy
Flexible payment options accepted as well as sliding scale fee for those facing financial hardship.
I accept cash, check and card.
I am an out-of-network provider and do not directly bill insurance for treatment. Some benefits of paying privately include more privacy and more control over your treatment. However, many insurance companies will cover my services as an out-of-network provider. If you have a PPO, I can provide a "superbill" for your insurance company in order to receive reimbursement. A superbill is a detailed record of the payment and also indicates the kind of services rendered as well as my information. I recommend calling your insurance to find out the best options for you.
If you do not show up for scheduled appointment and do not call 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay full session price.
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