Should you look for a virtual solution to mental health care or an “in-person” Austin psychiatrist? The upsides for virtual solutions are tempting. Less time driving, advertised lower costs for services, avoiding the mental health office stigma… these are a few reasons anyone might think about trying out telemental health services. B
e Careful! There are a few validated services with good evidence that we can access in Austin, but the internet is filled with flashy click bait advertising for psychological services which are not validated or certified. It is also important to know that even evidence-based online programs are comparing themselves to the most basic forms of treatment.
For simple problems, as a starter to therapy, or an add-on to in-person therapy tele-mental health care may be better than nothing. In fact at Pondworks we routinely recommend SHUTi which uses an online application to help deliver CBT skills for insomnia. At Pondworks, psychotherapy and psychiatric care can happen in person with your own individual provider. We are also committed to reviewing our Austin patients could access for their mental wellness. Our psychiatrists will continue to review where tele-mental health services can be safely and effectively used.