We offer quality teletherapy services equivalent to in-person care.
Dr. Danielle can provide telepsychology in 33 states. She has the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and can practice telepsychology under the authority of PSYPACT in any PSYPACT participating states.
PSYPACT increases access to mental healthcare, reduces statewide regulatory barriers, and diversifies your options to identify professionals that would be the best fit for you. To learn more, click here.
Having met their very high standards of experience, Dr. Danielle can provide services across state lines per this jurisdiction. This is beneficial for new clients from different states who would like to work together. This also applies to my current clients who might move out of state, or take trips for work or vacation, and desire to stay connected using telehealth.
It is to everyone’s benefit that continuity of care is a more accessible process. In the past, moving required the additional stressor of transferring care to another mental health provider and having to start all over again with opening up about your past to someone new.
Below is the list of the 31 PSYPACT participating states (additionally, she is separately licensed in VA, CT, and telehealth licensed in FL):
District of Columbia
A skilled therapist can effectively address many matters online as they address in face-to-face sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be as effective for some conditions online as it is in person. According to Psychology Today, there are benefits for clients to use teletherapy in comparison to face-to-face sessions. From a client's perspective, some of the benefits include the following:
1. Low Barrier to Entry: An easy way to describe it is this—all those things you hate about your doctor's waiting room? They apply in therapy as well. Finding the office, sitting, anxiously counting down the time, waiting for your name to be called. With teletherapy, it’s almost always in the comfort of your own home. You can have your cozy blanket, your special mug, all the things that make you feel at ease. What better start to therapy and opening up than in your safe space?
2. Privacy: Teletherapy ensures maximal privacy every time. No more running into people you know in the waiting room! While we all have issues and therapy is normalized, teletherapy removes this concern altogether.
3. Efficiency: Time is perhaps our most precious resource. As such, commutes can be frustrating and stressful for clients already prone to anxiety. Unexpected traffic closures often lead clients to race in, anxious about being late or missing any part of their therapy time. With enough multi-tasking on their schedules, the last thing clients need to worry about is one more place to be.
4. Flexibility: Teletherapy allows for maximal flexibility for overworked and overcommitted clients. Those who need services the most often have the least time. FFCS offers an online booking portal to schedule appointments for your convenience.
5. Safety: Severe winter weather can put a kink in plans. Such concerns are eliminated in teletherapy. Further, there is no expectation that clients leave their homes in dangerous weather, there are no late cancellation fees, or consideration of what school districts are opened or closed. With teletherapy, the show can go on, each time.
6. Illness: Illness can often cause additional last-minute cancellations while mood plummets. The ability for clients to continue working with their therapist if they choose, especially when ill, can be highly impactful. Teletherapy makes it safe for both clients and therapists.
7. Patient Timeliness Improved: When sessions begin at the click of a button, timeliness is certainly improved. Without the concern of a traffic jam, getting lost on their way to the office, or running low on gas, it is a no-brainer that timeliness is significantly improved when clients are always in reach of their devices.
8. Streamlined Communication: Clients can opt for a reminder text, email, or both and all the information regarding their appointment is at their fingertips. Having everything in one place is beautifully simple and fits in with the general ethos of teletherapy.
9. Access to Facilities, Food, Drink, etc.: For teens and kids who are often rushing over from school or other activities, a ravenous kid can lead to grouchiness and an ineffective therapy session. A satiated client whose basic needs are met is certainly important. As such, one of the benefits of teletherapy is access to any of the needs that may come up for a client, down to a bathroom with no line (or worse, risk of running into the therapist in the next stall over!).
10. Access for Remote Patients: If you live in a remote area and have limited access to an outpatient mental health clinic, teletherapy can be a resolution for your access to care.
11. Access for Pregnant & Post-partum Moms: During the prenatal and post-partum period, mothers can often feel tired, unwell, or in need of recovery after giving birth. Teletherapy provides convenience for mothers to access mental health services from the comfort of their own home while nesting with their newborns. No more added burden of hauling all of your "must have" items like the diaper bag, car seat, etc. to attend a therapy session. Many moms feel comfortable privately breastfeeding during a session because they can aim their camera where they want to avoid embarrassing moments. FFCS provides mental health services for expectant and post-partum parents suffering from perinatal mood disorders.
12. Access for College Students: The fact that college counseling centers are more and more swamped is hardly news. Further, not all colleges are in towns with access to private providers, nor do all college students even have cars. Enter the beauty of access to teletherapy without any transportation hassles. The issues for college students who can't be seen at the college counseling center or did not feel comfortable walking into the center and being seen by friends are resolved.
13. Access for Disabled Populations: In many scenarios, those who are bedridden, have chronic illness or otherwise can be major beneficiaries of online treatment options. Further, wheelchair accessibility can be a significant barrier with populations as well. In an online context, these concerns can be diminished significantly.
14. Wait Times Reduced: Finally, perhaps obvious but well worth stating is the benefit of near-immediate access. With large clinics, it can take weeks to confirm benefits, process paperwork, and other bureaucratic hassles. For clients able to see private practitioners, access can be near immediate. For clients who are in need to talk to someone urgently, or perhaps finally muster up the courage to see someone, often waiting weeks can lead to setbacks or clients in dire situations. FFCS has a simple, streamline intake process. We provide a HIPAA-compliant, secure online client portal where paperwork can be completed and submitted electronically. No more wasted paper or printer ink! Clients are typically accommodated within 24-48 hours of contact.
How to Prepare for Your First Teletherapy Session
1. Find a quiet, safe, and private location where you can have your therapy sessions. It may be difficult to focus if you are distracted by other people or noises nearby. You do not want to worry that you may be overheard when talking about personal topics, particularly if the subjects of therapy are related to the people in your home (they usually are!). Get creative to find the right place—even if it involves having sessions from the privacy of your car.
2. As much as possible, try to ensure that you have a reliable internet connection. Spending your sessions dealing with a poor connection wastes precious time and detracts from the continuity of the conversation. In the midst of discussing your most vulnerable concerns, you do not want to be interrupted by a lost connection. Come to your first sessions prepared with backup communication methods and a plan for how to reconnect with your therapist if the call does drop.
3. Create a plan for how to handle emergencies with your therapist.
If you become highly triggered or emotionally activated in session and then lose connection, what will be your plan of action? Your emergency plan can include backup phone numbers to call or text, or you can allow your therapist to reach out to your family or friends to support you.
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