Like most therapists, I prefer to meet with my clients in person at my office in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. But after having lived and worked in a rural county of 89,000 inhabitants for sixteen years, I am aware of the advantages that online therapy can offer. While all licensed therapists are bound by confidentiality laws, rural residents often don’t feel comfortable seeing a therapist who they may see every day at their child’s school or in the grocery store. Or they may have a specialized need that can’t be met by someone in the community. Or they may live in a place without any therapists. One choice is to drive long distances to see a therapist outside of the community.
Other clients find for a variety of reasons such as extensive travel for work or physical challenges, that they are unable to come to a therapist’s office.
Online therapy is made for these situations. As a therapist licensed in California, I am able to do online therapy with anybody who resides anywhere in California. I can also do teletherapy with people who live in Florida (#out-of-state telehealth provider #45).
I can now provide telehealth services if you are a member of Partnership Health Plan/Beacon in Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, and a number of other rural northern California counties!
I use a HIPAA-secure platform called Doxy. This is an easy to use platform. I send you a web link and you go to there and wait for me to connect with you. You do need to use only Firefox or Chrome as your browser (no IE). You can use your computer or the phone app.