NewPath Mental Health Services began practicing teletherapy (also known as telemedicine or telehealth) with the onset of the COVID-19. We now know that telehealth serves our vision to reduce barriers or obstacles to mental health services. While we feel that in-person therapy has many positives, sometimes it just isn't practical; teletherapy increases individuals’ ability to access services despite transportation, mobility, time, and child care obstacles. For this reason, we are happy to offer a hybrid of options to serve you. Talk to our Client Services Coordinator to see what might work best for you.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our clients in increasingly accessible ways.
What to expect from teletherapy?
Prior to your first session, our Client Services Coordinator will electronically send paperwork for you to fill out and will email you a link for a secure Zoom session. At the time of your appointment, you can simply click on the link at your computer or smart device. You will join with "Audio" and then "Video." Your therapist will then give you access to the session.
Your session after that will occur as it would in person. Your first appointment is a chance for you and your therapist to get to know one another. Your therapist will ask questions about your life, your background, your mental health history, and your therapy goals. You’ll also have an opportunity to begin collaborating with your therapist on a treatment plan and discussing how your life can be improved by coming to therapy. This is a chance to tell your therapist what you want to be different in your life and to begin discussing how to get there. During your first session, you will schedule future therapy appointments for a time that works for you and your therapist, whether in-person or through telehealth.
Some teletherapy technology requirements to consider:
Reliable device such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop that enables audio/video.
Strong internet connection.
Headphones (not essential, but can be helpful with privacy and to block out noise).
To see if teletherapy is the right option for you or to get more information please call 763-566-0088 and speak to our Client Services Coordinator.