Professional Online Psychotherapy &
Sven Schild, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified EMDR Clinician
Since March 2020, Dr. Schild no longer offers any in person appointments. All appointments are offered remotely through video or phone.
What is telehealth?
Many different terms are used for telehealth or online therapy, including telepsychology, telebehavioral health, telemedicine, and distance counseling. Simply put, telehealth is therapy across distance through electronic means such as interactive videoconferencing or telephone.
It is an approach that takes the best practices of traditional psychotherapy and combines it with some of its own unique advantages of today's technology.
Due to state requirements, Dr. Schild is currently only able to offer online therapy for people who are located in the following U.S. states:
Benefits of Telemental Health
- Less limitations by geographical location.
- Reduction of travel to a physical office, which includes decrease in travel time.
- Participation in therapy from your own home or the environment of your choosing.
What should I ask myself about telepsychology?
- Will it work for me?
- Will I feel connected to my psychologist?
- Will using telehealth make me feel more isolated?
- Do I feel comfortable using technology to receive services?
- Do I have the technology & can I access the technology?
- Am I comfortable if I have to see another professional in an emergency?
What do I need in order to do therapy via the internet?
- You need to use a webcam or smartphone during the session.
- It is important to be in a quiet, private space that is free of distractions (including cell phone or other devices) during the session.
- It is important to use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi.
Other things to keep in mind for telehealth
- There are potential benefits and risks of video-conferencing (e.g. limits to patient confidentiality) that differ from in-person sessions.
- Confidentiality still applies for telepsychology services, and nobody will record the session without the permission from the others person.
- We agree to use the video-conferencing platform selected for our virtual sessions, and I will explain how to use it.
- We need a back-up plan (e.g., phone number where you can be reached) to restart the session or to reschedule it, in the event of technical problems.
- We need a safety plan that includes at least one emergency contact and the closest emergency room to your location, in the event of a crisis situation.
- Before setting up an appointment, please confirm with your insurance company that the video sessions will be reimbursed; if they are not reimbursed, you are responsible for full payment.
- As your psychologist, I may determine that due to certain circumstances, telepsychology is no longer appropriate
If you have any questions or you would like to discuss the possibility of setting up a telehealth appointment, please click HERE. I look forward to hearing from you.