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If you are unable to come to my office, or would prefer to enjoy your session from the comfort of your home, I use a HIPAA compliant platform for Telemental Health. I prefer to meet clients at least once in person before moving to online sessions.
Due to various state laws, there are restrictions regarding mental health care workers providing services across state lines. My license allows me to practice in Missouri. Some states allow a provider to temporarily provide services to a client who is out of state, but those provisions vary significantly from state to state. I am a member of PSYPact, which means I can practice in 26 states. You can see which states are current members of PSYPact at their website.
Prior to beginning our Telehealth session, I may ask you to confirm your physical and geographical location (which will help avoid unintentionally practicing across state lines). In some cases, I may ask you to rotate your camera 360 degrees (to show that there is no one else in the room). I may discuss considerations for the suitability of distance therapy for you, as a client. Lastly, I may ask for you to provide additional contact information if our session is unexpectedly interrupted due to technical failures or an emergency.
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