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Help Therapy Newsletter - May 2021

Updated: Aug 3, 2021


The Mental Health Connection


Welcome to The Mental Health Connection!


I personally want to thank you for trusting us with your clients.


At Help Therapy, we strive to find the best, most qualified mental healthcare providers that fit each client’s particular needs and desires. We also want the process of referring clients to Help Therapy to be quick and easy while providing the best customer service for all of our stakeholders.


You may have noticed that back in June 2020 we made some changes. We changed our name from Help Therapist to Help Therapy and changed our look. To keep up with our growing client base, we improved our technology—adding even more security, a more user-friendly experience and more marketing capabilities for our mental health practitioners, including enhanced bios. If you haven’t had a chance to see all the changes, visit helptherapy.com.


Another change we are making is creating a monthly newsletter for you, our valued network of practitioners and referring agencies.


We keep on top of the latest news and research surrounding mental health, as well as upcoming local events that may be of interest to you and other members of the mental health community. We want to share some of this information with you. We also want to give you the opportunity to share your accomplishments with our community members, such as patient success stories and presentations.


We hope you will find The Mental Health Connection informative and engaging. Let us know what you think. We are here for you.


Sincerely,

Annette Conway Psy.D CEO Help Therapy


 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month



The Mental Health America organization started mental Health Awareness Month in 1949. It’s a time to remember that mental health is an essential component of overall health and that we need to show compassion for those living with mental health challenges.


As we celebrate Mothers’ Day this month, consider how many mothers suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other serious mental health diseases and challenges and how their families are affected. Treasure the time you have now with your mother, or as a mother yourself, and cherish those memories.


 

Telehealth for Mental Health



Face-to-face interaction has always been the standard for mental health care. Communicating by email or phone has usually been reserved for quick questions or emergencies. But times are changing. Now, consultations and sessions via video conferencing are becoming a preferred method of communication for many.


In 2016, less than 1% of all Medicare beneficiaries used a single telehealth service. But, between March and June of 2020, telehealth use by Medicare recipients soared to more than 20%, equating to nine million people using a telehealth service during this timeframe*.

But is the quality of care compromised for these telehealth sessions? According to one study done by McMaster University, telehealth cognitive behavioral therapy—including video conferencing, email and text modalities— proved to be more effective in treating depression than traditional in-person therapy.


Especially now, it’s reassuring to know that patients have options. They have more flexibility to get the care they need when and where they need it, without the added stress of arranging for time off work, childcare or transportation.


We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for someone to seek the care they need for a variety of reasons. Besides dealing with mental health issues, many need to juggle work, family and other demands. Regularly traveling to appointments may prove to be too much, causing appointment cancelations and less frequent sessions.


Our network of providers offer convenient and confidential video and phone appointments with no hidden costs or commitments. And, unlike many other telehealth services, Help Therapy providers are right here in your community. So patients can still meet face-to-face with their therapist, in-office or in-home.


Plus, patients are not restricted to just one way to connect with their therapist. A patient may prefer face-to-face sessions but schedule a video appointment when she can’t make her regular weekly office appointment.


At Help Therapy, our goal is to help people get the therapy they need. Telehealth opens the doors wider, making it more convenient for more people.


“We have a huge opportunity in this moment to create a better system that supports a balanced approach to telehealth, and we need to capitalize on it by designing a new future for telehealth that works for patients and providers.”

Sean Cavanaugh

Former Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Here are just a few Help Therapy provider partners offering telehealth services.

  • Negar Nazari, Ph.D. Specialties: anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, body image, eating disorders, chronic pain, academic/work challenges, identity and culture, family of origin and life transitions

  • Genevieve Gonzales, LCSW Specialties: anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, couples, sexual abuse, young adults, agoraphobia, art therapy, life transitions, cancer, relationships, seniors

  • James Goethel, LMFT Specialties: Depression, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, men’s issues, autism