Albany

Telehealth in New York State

After fighting traffic on I-787 and getting a place to park in downtown Albany, do you feel exhausted just thinking about trying to fit therapy into your day? Thinking that you could benefit from talking to someone, but worry that you’ll never fit it into your schedule? Maybe you’ve got the time in your schedule but aren’t sure that you’ll be able to connect with a therapist.

I get it!

It’s hard to trust people in general, let alone open up to a perfect stranger through a computer screen. Don’t worry, that’s a really common thought and something many of my clients share that they feared at first. Telehealth and online video counseling don’t have to be scary! I find that clients tend to forget all about talking into a screen within the first few minutes of trying it.

There are many benefits to doing therapy online.

Time Saving – worrying about making it to your appointment on time becomes a thing of the past. If the traffic out of the Empire State Plaza is an issue, you can relax knowing that with the click of a button, you can start your appointment. When I had a physical office, some clients traveled 30+ minutes each way to attend sessions. By using telehealth, they’re saving at least an hour out of their day that they could use to do something else.

Weather – living in New York State means that our winters can be brutal! Think of how much better it would be to know that you can attend your session as scheduled without having to worry about the weather. Snow and ice can cause accidents not to mention that your commute takes SO much longer. Why not relax at home or work and attend sessions without worry?

Physical Limitations – how many appointments have you had to cancel because of illness? That’s valuable time you’re wasting because you’re stuck at home, but how awesome would it be to be able to still attend session even if you’re sick and in bed? Virtual therapy makes that possible. Perhaps you have some physical limitations that make getting to appointments a struggle. Online therapy is the perfect way to get better mental health without struggling to get there.

Rural Locations – if you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, finding a therapist can be next to impossible. Hell, finding a grocery store can be a challenge. When you live in a rural community, you expect to have to drive a distance to get anywhere. Even though you may be used to it, why not take the pressure and hassle of driving to one more appointment off your plate? Distance therapy can do that!

Transportation Issues – if you share one vehicle with the rest of your family, chances are that you don’t always have it when you need it. Or maybe taking a CDTA bus isn’t all that appealing in Albany with all the stops. Perhaps your car isn’t all that reliable and you worry about making it to sessions regularly. With telemedicine, you can make positive changes and not have to rely on transportation.

Confidentiality – walking into a therapist’s office or being seen in the parking lot can cause a lot of anxiety. If you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, this can be a problem. You don’t want everyone knowing your business even if it’s just that you’re seeing a therapist. Perhaps you don’t want to explain to your boss why you need to leave in the middle of the day each week for an appointment. Online therapy gives you the privacy you need by using my HIPAA compliant, encrypted virtual waiting room. None of your information is recorded or stored, so you’ll never have to worry about confidentiality.

Easy to Use – attending your virtual session in Albany, New York is super easy and you don’t have to worry about fancy technology. There’s no need to sign up for an account, download, or install anything. When you book a session with me, I’ll send you the link to my personal secure virtual waiting room. At the time of your appointment, simply click on the link to the waiting room, type in your first name, and allow camera and microphone access. That’s it! The virtual waiting room link never changes, so all you have to do is bookmark it once.



Telehealth in
New York State

sarah@sarahmcclanelmhc.com
(518) 506-0346

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