Online Therapy has been available for some time, but it gains in popularity due to the impact of COVID 19. It has some benefits over in-person therapy, especially for caregivers. Sigmund Freud used communication through letters to communicate with his clients which makes distance therapy an old concept. Today, we have digital technology, distance or online therapy covers video conferencing, phone, therapy via email and chat.


SECURE AND PRIVATE

We use telehealth platform which is in compliance with PHIPA and PIPEDA. Video therapy and email are secure and private, running exclusively through Canadian servers. Email and video technology is encrypted and meets privacy regulations for healthcare in Canada.

A platform that we use offers secure video appointments that work similarly to Zoom, Skype or Facetime, secure messaging, file sharing and screen sharing. The platform offers convenient online booking, appointment scheduling and payment processing.

We do not offer txt or email counselling at this time. Currently, the service is available to residents and visitors in Ontario, Canada.


IS IT AS EFFECTIVE AS IN-PERSON THERAPY?

Research shows that online therapy is equivalent to in-person therapy and that outcome are as good as in-person therapy.

Pugh NE and colleagues (2016) conducted a trial of Therapist Assisted Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Women with Postpartum depression in Saskatchewan, Canada. The mothers that participated in online therapist-assisted CBT “demonstrated a reduction in postnatal anxiety, general stress, and parental distress, and an increase in the psychological and environmental quality of life when compared to the waitlist control participants” [1]Pugh N.E.,Hadjistavropoulos HD., Dirkse D (2016).A Randomised Controlled Trial of Therapist-Assisted, Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Women with Maternal Depression. National Library of Medicine. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149186 Read more pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26930488/#affiliation-1

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BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY

Postpartum depression impacts up to 15% of Canadian women following childbirth. Remarkably, many women suffering from this disorder do not receive appropriate treatment. [2]Pugh N.E.,Hadjistavropoulos HD., Dirkse D (2016).A Randomised Controlled Trial of Therapist-Assisted, Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Women with Maternal Depression. National Library of Medicine. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149186 Read more pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26930488/#affiliation-1

Access to care is caused by a variety of different reasons such as not being able to afford a mental health service which is not covered by insurance, lack of therapist specializing in perinatal and postpartum depression and having to care for children.

Online therapy is more convenient for mothers because you don’t have to find childcare to visit your therapist, you don’t have to pay for the parking place or commuting expenses. You save time. You don’t need to travel to meet your therapist or wait in line. You can schedule your online therapy sessions from your home for times that are most convenient for you. Furthermore, it eliminates social stigma related to receiving mental health therapy. No one will see you entering the therapist office or recognize your car in front of the office.


ONLINE THERAPY IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR EVERYONE

Online therapy is not for:

  • Clients who are in crisis, experiencing thoughts of harm to self or others or presenting with serious psychiatric illness. If you or any other person at any time are feeling suicidal, STOP and please call 9-1-1 immediately or go to your local emergency room. We cannot respond to crises situations or offer crisis services.
  • Clients actively dependent on substances and clients requiring regular therapeutic attention outside the scheduled session times.

HOW TO START?

You need to have a good internet connection, and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop with a camera.

You can contact us by making a call or sending an email at counselling@mothersmentalhealth.ca

The first meeting is a free consultation and we discuss your counselling needs. If we determine together that this type of counselling meets your needs, we provide payment details and once the payment is made, we start with our session time and date.

Before we start with the free consultation or session, you need to make sure that no one is in the room or can overhear the conversation. If you use the same computer with others it is important that you have your own password and log out when the session is done and close the window. As well when using your smartphone, it is important that no one else knows your password.