Edward Jenny & Associates

Online Therapy in Pennsylvania

Virtual Psychotherapy for Adults

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While 2020 has been an unprecedented year overshadowed by the pandemic, and many people have become familiar with telemedicine, online therapy services have been around for many years.

Each state is empowered to regulate the practice of healthcare, including online psychologists, through their various professional boards and licensure. In the past, this has made providing psychological services across state lines quite difficult. Either one had to obtain licensure in each state in which he or she wanted to practice. Or, individuals must obtain temporary authorization to do so. As technologies like video conferencing became more widespread, the demand for remote services grew.

In 2011 the American Psychological Association and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards created a task force to develop guidelines for the provision of telepsychology in a safe and ethical manner. The goal was to create a set of competencies and regulations that multiple states could agree on as the basis for allowing out-of-state psychologists to provide services in their jurisdictions.

Ultimately this led to PSYPACT – the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact. States that sign on the PSYPACT agree to allow online psychologists from any other PSYPACT state to provide online therapy services in their state.

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

What is online therapy?
Online therapy is a type of mental health service that uses psychotherapy modalities in a virtual space. This includes video conferencing.

While it may be appealing to see an online psychologist from home, there are some factors to keep in mind. First, not all conditions or concerns are well-suited to online therapy. To determine whether online psychologists’ interventions are for you, I will conduct an initial interview to assess the fit. We will address your concerns and talk about online therapy services. If not, I will try and find you a local psychologist.

Currently, most health insurance companies are paying for online therapy services. This includes online therapy as part of the pandemic state of emergency. It is likely, that once the state of emergency pulls back, companies will return to previous expectations.

You will need an electronic device with a camera such as a computer with a webcam, an iPad, smartphone, or laptop. Also, you will need a high-speed internet connection capable of streaming video. You do not need special software, I will provide this.

Yes, the software platforms that I use are secure meaning that no one can read or watch our session. We do this to enhance your confidentiality. Make sure you’re in a place you feel comfortable. Additionally, use headphones and consider a white noise machine to cancel out sound. And, start setting boundaries with individuals around you to promote a safe space.

Arizona – AZ HB 2503 (Enacted on 5/17/2016)

Colorado – CO HB 1017 (Enacted 4/12/2018)

Delaware – DE HB 172 (Enacted 6/27/2019)

Georgia – GA HB 26 (Enacted 4/23/2019)

Illinois – IL HB 1853 (Enacted 8/22/2018)

Missouri – MO HB 1719/MO SB 660 (Enacted 6/1/2018)

Nebraska – NE L 1034 (Enacted 4/23/2018)

Nevada – NV AB 429 (Enacted on 5/26/2017)

New Hampshire- NH SB 232 (Enacted 7/10/2019)

Oklahoma – OK HB 1057 (Enacted 4/29/2019)

Pennsylvania – PA SB 67 (Enacted 5/8/2020)

Texas – TX HB 1501 (Enacted 6/10/2019)

Utah – UT SB 106 (Enacted on 3/17/2017)

Virginia – VA SB 760 (Enacted 4/11/2020) *Effective 1/1/2021

North Carolina – NC 361 (Enacted 7/1/2020) *Effective 3/1/2021

The list of states signing on PsyPact is growing so check this link if your state is not listed

I am registered to provide telehealth services in the state of Florida registration number TPPY1030

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How to Get Started

You don’t have to live with the effects of depression and unhelpful thoughts. Counseling can help you move towards your aspirations and a life worth living. Our Kennett Square counseling center has caring depression therapists who specialize in psychotherapy, collaborative assessment, supervision, and consultation.

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If you’re looking to get started with Edward Jenny & Associates, please get in touch with us. Our team will answer any questions you have about therapy, assessments, or our services.

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