We want to express our caring and support to all clients of The Cognitive Therapy Institute (CTI), and to the broader community in San Diego, in California, and around the world, as individuals and families are coping with this pandemic.
At this time and until risk levels change based on local and national (e.g. CDC) recommendations, we are offering all of our therapy and consultation services through telemedicine options. Most of our clients are electing online, face-to-face video therapy through a HIPAA complaint, secure video meeting platform that we have secured, while others are electing to hold therapy sessions by telephone. We are happy to report that the vast majority of our clients have elected to continue their therapy online and that they report being quite happy with the experience of interacting through video. There are even some advantages such as not needing to travel to appointments, and being able to share written (typed) notes and documents during the session.
We also welcome new clients here at CTI and hope to support you in coping with this crisis as well as in finding ways to manage and recover from ongoing anxiety, panic, OCD, depression, or other conditions that you or a family member are struggling with. We begin the initial assessment and evaluation (the “intake” process) with a confidential online or telephone session to identify your needs and goals, to get to know each other, and to determine for sure whether online or telephone therapy would be possible and appropriate with us. Prior to that first appointment, you will have opportunity to speak with our office manager who can answer questions, gather some basic information, and facilitate the referral to one of our therapists. Our website will also provide answers to many of your questions.
We are glad that we are able to continue our individual and group therapy services through the face-to-face video conferencing options, or by telephone, and we look forward to “meeting” with you to provide guidance and support in these challenging times.
James L. Shenk, Ph.D.
Director, The Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC
The Cognitive Therapy Institute now offers psychotherapy online or by telephone for some individuals or couples, throughout California, who are not going through a crisis or at significant risk for suicide. Online group therapy options and classes are also being planned and will likely be available in the near future.
This option for online therapy or teletherapy provides some clear advantages but may also present some limitations or disadvantages.
Possible advantages of online or phone therapy may include:
Possible disadvantages include the following:
Often an initial face to face session may be required, and also could be quite beneficial, to establish a more personal connection and provide opportunity to assess the appropriateness of this form of therapy for an individual. A combination (e.g. every other week) of teletherapy and in-person sessions may be appropriate or preferred for some clients.