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Telehealth Services:

Alive Intimacy is able to see clients online via a secure telehealth video platform. Clients must be located in Maryland or D.C. in order to be seen, as those are the states in which the provider is licensed. Alive Intimacy does not offer in person therapy. Telehealth allows you to schedule an appointment directly online and have the entire therapy session take place digitally. You will need a working video camera and microphone, which most computers, tablets, and phones have.

If telehealth is new for you, adapting to this format can take some time. With the right setup and proactive communication, many people find that telehealth is just as effective as in person therapy. Clients share that they like telehealth because it allows them to easily schedule and attend their therapy appointment in the midst of a busy week. Telehealth also allows couples to join the session from separate locations if needed.

How to Make Telehealth Work for You:

To make telehealth work for you, start by creating a dedicated, private space for your sessions. This space should be quiet, free from distractions, and equipped with a reliable internet connection. This may require thinking creatively: a car parked in an area with strong internet and few external distractions, an empty conference room at work, and a quiet park on a nice day are locations that clients have been able to make work. Ensure your device, whether it's a computer, tablet, or smartphone, is set up with the necessary telehealth software and that you know how to use it.

Alive Intimacy uses a telehealth platform called Simple Practice. Tablets and smartphones require that you download an app to use the platform, whereas computers allow access via a web page. Using headphones can help maintain privacy and improve sound quality. Having a notepad and pen nearby for jotting down thoughts or homework assignments can be beneficial, too.

Effective communication is crucial in a telehealth setting. Before your session, take a few moments to reflect on what you want to discuss, much like you would for an in-person appointment. Be open and honest during the therapy check-in about how you’re feeling, including any technical issues that might arise. If you encounter any difficulties, such as feeling disconnected or distracted during the session, bring them up so I can help you address these challenges.