Through online counseling (sometimes called telebehavioral health, telehealth or teletherapy), you visit with a qualified behavioral health professional via video teleconferencing software. You and your counselor or therapist can see and hear each other, but you’re not in the same room together. Meeting through video conferencing makes it possible for you to access counseling services with a more flexible schedule without travel time and expense.
You are the expert in yourself and would be the one to determine if you are interested in seeking online counseling. However, our team is ready and willing to talk with you about your needs so that we can support you as you make the decision whether or not to engage in online counseling.
How does online counseling and psychiatric services work?Kevin McCarthy2022-05-05T14:28:46-04:00
Online counseling is a proven method for delivering behavioral health services to individuals interested in seeking help through a technology-based format. The field is growing every year and is arguably the future of behavioral healthcare.
Is telehealth as effective as in-person care?Kevin McCarthy2022-05-05T14:28:26-04:00
Online counseling can help with a variety of things including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues, life transitions, stress management and emotional skills development.
Counselors cannot prescribe medication. However, they can work in collaboration with your psychiatrist or primary care physician to support you if you are being prescribed medication to manage your issues of concern.
There are a few simple steps to follow to connect with on online counselor. Simply follow this link to our onboarding page where you will be able to answer several short triage questions or you will be directed to call one of our care coordinators who will schedule you for your first appointment.
Pyramid Online Counseling uses a secure, confidential HIPAA-compliant platform to conduct online therapy sessions. This is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that connects you with one of our highly-trained therapists and psychiatric providers.
Before a virtual therapy session, find a quiet, confidential space where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you have a strong internet connection and that your device is fully charged. Consider using headphones or earbuds for improved sound quality and privacy.
PMHNP stands for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. They are APRN or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. They assess, diagnose and treat psychiatric illnesses and prescribe psychotropic medications. They often provide the same services as medical doctors do depending on the state. Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have completed medical school and residency.
Treat an online therapy session the same as an in-office visit. Maintain communication with your therapist and speak clearly. Make every attempt to stay focused on your session and avoid doing additional tasks such as cleaning, folding laundry, or cooking.
How much do medications cost?Leanne Finney2022-03-08T09:57:02-05:00
Your psychiatric prescriber will most likely not be able to give you the cost of your medication. That information is given to you from your pharmacy. Prices for medication depend on the type of medication, your insurance plan and your pharmacy. We do not provide medication samples.
It is the process by which the data transferred between you and your counselor is translated into another format (or coding language). This code can only converted back into video data by a user who has the “key.” Only the people specifically invited to your online counseling session have the key. This means that your information is only available to you and your counselor.
What do I need to do to prepare for my psychiatric medication management appointment?Leanne Finney2022-03-08T09:56:47-05:00
If possible, have a list of all medications you are currently taking including over the counter meds, supplements and other substances. Additionally, having a list of past psychiatric medications you have used is also helpful.
Why was I asked to sign a consent for my provider to speak to my family or previous prescriber?Leanne Finney2022-04-06T16:19:32-04:00
Sometimes it is hard to remember symptoms or behaviors experienced when ill. It can also be difficult to recall past medication trials. Family members, as well as current and past prescribers, can help fill in the gaps and provide other insights. Consents provide an avenue for us to coordinate with these individuals.
How often will I see my psychiatric prescriber?Leanne Finney2022-03-08T09:56:32-05:00