Is Teletherapy Effective for Children?

Many studies have justified the use of teletherapy.  Realistically, there is a huge shortage of qualified mental health professionals nationwide.  In order to provide quality therapy to children without an extended wait time, teletherapy has become the standard go-to source!

Teletherapy has been advocated for by the following professional associations:

  • US Department of Health and Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • The American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • American Psychological Association
  • The National Association of Social Workers

Counseling Services

While it has grown in availability over the last few years, teletherapy has been around since the 1990s in the US and is considered a highly effective method for therapy delivery.  There is little difference between traditional face-to-face therapy and online teletherapy.  We live in a world that has telemedicine and virtual schools, so this type of therapy is a natural fit for children.  Your child will build a relationship with their therapist based on trust and rapport.  A face-to-face connection is made on the screen and the therapy session is delivered in a similar manner as it would be in an office setting.  Your child's therapist will engage on the screen with them using games, activities, or talk therapy - just like they would in person! 

What is Teletherapy?

Important Note Regarding Teletherapy

Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for mental health services to be covered in full or in part.  Please contact your provider to verify how your plan covers you (and your child) for teletherapy services.