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Teletherapy/Tele-Mental Health, or virtual counseling as it’s otherwise known, is the online delivery of therapy services via two-way video conferencing. Sessions are nearly identical to traditional therapy sessions with one major exception. Instead of sitting together in the same room, clients and therapists interact via live secure video conferencing.
There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding teletherapy. Teletherapy is a safe and secure method of conducting therapy. There’s a vast array of HIPPA-complaint platforms that allow practitioners to implement tele-mental health for clients with ease. Art of Counseling, LLC offers tele-mental health services that utilizes HIPPA-compliant software.
Teletherapy/Tele-mental health provides more flexibility when it comes to accessing mental health services. Scheduling is more convenient and you can have your session in the comfort of your own private space, as long as you have access to a computer (or tablet), internet, and webcam.
Protecting your privacy is very important. We use HIPPA-compliant clinical software from TheraNest (Electronic Health Record)for scheduling, billing, document sharing, and email. We use Spruce Health for secure video conferencing when we conduct our teletherapy sessions. Once you decide to begin services with one of our therapists, you will be registered as a client by asking for your email address. Then, you will receive a secure link to the email address you provided for your TheraNest “Client Portal” of which you will have intake paperwork waiting for you to fill out. When you have completed you intake paperwork you will be assigned a therapist and that therapist will share with you their direct “Practice Link,” for teletherapy, messaging and calling.
Although, we will be using encrypted software, I cannot guarantee total privacy and security. It is possible for there to be a breach in confidentiality by hackers or if nonsecure devices fall into the wrong hands. As such, you will be using teletherapy at your own risk.
We recommended that you take these additional precautions:
Do not use a public computer.
Use a private computer with a firewall to strengthen your privacy and security.
Do not share or authorize other people to use your username and password.
Meet in a private space.
Wear head phones during session.
Place something that creates white noise outside door (fan or sound machine,etc)
It is important to understand that teletherapy is not appropriate for everyone. Our clinicians will assess your appropriateness and readiness for use of Telemental Health Services. Teletherapy is best suited for people with concerns that can be addressed within a relatively short amount of time (e.g., less than 3 months). Specifically, teletherapy is most appropriate for people who have some ability to cope with stressors in adaptive ways.
WIth that said, in the event of illness or transportation issues, as well as inclement weather or other world events that may make it difficult for anyone to physically get to their scheduled appointment, teletherapy is a good short term solution for all patients.
HOW DOES ART THERAPY WORK IN TELETHERAPY?
First let’s assess what you have at home, colored pencils, markers, pastels, crayons, watercolors, paper, glue, scissors, etc. When you first meet with your therapist you will discuss art material availability. Art therapy, with a registered Art Therapist, through Telemental Health Services are created by sharing images, written and visual journaling entries that are created during and in between sessions. Art Therapists support a client’s visual expression of therapeutic themes and skills, while honoring appropriate emotional responses through the art making process.
INFORMED CONSENT FOR TELETHERAPY/TELE-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
“Telemedicine” means the delivery of health care services or consultations while the patient is at an originating site and the licensed health care provider is at a distant site. A communication between licensed health care providers that consists solely of a telephone conversation, e-mail, or facsimile transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services. A communication between a licensed health care provider and a patient that consists solely of an e-mail or facsimile transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services. Telemedicine may be provided by means of real-time two-way, interactive audio and visual communications, including the application of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward technology to provide or support health care delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, and care management of a patient’s health care. MN Statute Sec 256B.0625, subdivision 8 & 147.033
I understand I have the following rights with respect to teletherapy:
- I have the right to withhold or withdraw consent at any time without affecting my right to future care or treatment.
- The laws that protect the confidentiality of my personal information also apply to teletherapy. As such, I understand that the information released by me during the course of my therapy sessions is generally confidentially. However, there are both mandatory and permissive exceptions to confidentiality, which are discussed in detail in the general Informed Consent for Psychotherapy and Office Policies I received with this consent.
- I understand there are risks and consequences from teletherapy, including, but not limited to, the possibility, despite reasonable efforts on the part of Art of Counseling, PLLC that: the transmission of my information could be interrupted or distorted by technical failures and/or the transmission of my personal information could be interrupted by unauthorized persons. I understand that I am responsible for providing the necessary computer telecommunications equipment and internet access for my teletherapy sessions, the information security on my computer, and arranging a location with sufficient lighting and privacy that is free from distractions or intrusions for my teletherapy session.
- In Addition, I understand that teletherapy based services and care may not be as complete as in-person services. I understand that if my therapist believes I would be better served by another form therapeutic services or interventions I will be referred to a professional who can provide such services in my area. I also understand that there are potential risks and benefits associated with any form of psychotherapy, and that despite my efforts and efforts of my therapist, my condition may not improve, or may have the potential to get worse. Finally, I understand that I may benefit from teletherapy, but that results cannot be guaranteed or assured.
- I understand I will attend the first session in-person (when at all possible) at Art of Counseling, PLLC in order to gather information, go through paperwork, process, and questions. I understand that I will be asked to periodically attend an in-person session at Art of Counseling, PLLC if so many miles from the office and/or my therapist sees a benefit.
- While teletherapy is a great way to get help with many of life’s challenges, overwhelming or potentially dangerous challenges are best met with in-person professional support. I understand that teletherapy is neither a universal substitute, nor the same as, in-person psychotherapy treatment. I accept the distinctions made using teletherapy vs. in-person psychotherapy. In particular, I accept that teletherapy does not provide emergency services. I agree that certain situations including emergencies and crises are inappropriate for teletherapy based psychotherapy services.
- During our first session, Art of Counseling will discuss an emergency response plan. If I am experiencing an emergency situation, I understand that I can call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room for help. I understand that an emergency situation any include thoughts about hurting or harming myself or others, having uncontrolled psychotic symptoms, if I am in a life threatening or emergency situation, and/or if I am abusing drugs or alcohol and are not safe. If I am having suicidal thoughts or making plans to harm myself, I can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free 24 hour hotline support.
- I understand that while email and phone calls may be used to communicate with Art of Counseling, confidentiality of those communication services cannot be guaranteed.
- I understand that I have a right to access my personal information and copies of medical records in accordance with HIPAA privacy rules and applicable state law, discussed in detail in the general Informed Consent for Psychotherapy and Office Policies I received with this consent.
With the state of Minnesota closing schools starting Wednesday, March 18th, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we want to ensure you that Art of Counseling therapists will continue to be available through in-person and telemental health services.
Because staying connected to the community is important for our mental health, we will be respecting the “social distancing” guidelines and continuing to offer emotional support and continuation of treatment goals.
Current basics as of 3/17/2020:
- Scheduled individual therapy sessions will continue. Please reach out to your individual therapist with concerns before your session:
- + If you are interested in telemental health for your scheduled appointment.
- + If you have any symptoms of illness (cold, flu or COVID-19, etc.)
- This week, our individual therapist and group facilitators will be reaching out to you over the phone or in person to survey the readiness of telemental health services.
- For those that are coming in for individual sessions, please do not bring unnecessary additional people to wait in the waiting, when at all possible. Our waiting room is small. Help us keep a safe space for people who need to or prefer to continue in person therapy
Ways to quell the anxiety around the coronavirus:
- First, you are not alone.
- Manage your media diet. Reduce social media and rely on trusted forms of communication, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization
- Stick to a routine. For example, work or do school work during your regular hours if possible even if from home.
- Support each other. Volunteer in “social distancing” spaces to help those hardest hit by the outbreak.
Give Mindfulness a try. A great way to do that is to use meditation or other mindfulness exercises, which encourage you to notice what’s happening with your feelings in the moment in a nonjudgmental way
- Find other things to talk about!
Ways to stay connected and activities that are “social distancing” friendly:
- Call to say hello to family and friends.
- Call or message those that maybe experiencing extreme isolation.
- Create a pandemic free private group on social media for friends and family that what to stay in contact.
- Send a card or letter via snail mail to let others know you are thinking about them.
- Play games with your children and reduce talk about the outbreak.
- Go for a walk, bike ride, do yard work, listen to music or the songs birds, connect with nature.
Visual Art Exhibition | Conference | Reception | Sale
Visual art by artists who have a lived experience with a mental or physical disability.
Saturday | September 10, 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Admission is Free
Minneapolis Convention Center – 1301 2nd Avenue South | The Seasons, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wednesday | September 7, 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM, Suite 204A
ZagZum Call for Visual Art Submission Form
“I have written a song that says: If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words, “They’re gone,” and they’ll come back” – Prince
“Growing up in Minneapolis
The son of a social worker mother and jazz pianist father, Prince Rogers Nelson grew up playing music at home. His father, John Nelson, led the Prince Rogers Trio. His mother, Mattie Shaw, sang, as does his younger sister, Tyka Nelson.
Prince formed his first band with friends at age 13 and over time became the driving force behind the “Minneapolis sound,” a hybrid mix of funk, rock, pop and new wave.
He became known for shunning interviews, creating his own mystique and controlling his image with a team of stylists, publicists and lawyers. Even after becoming a global superstar, he stayed close to home, recording at Paisley Park and appearing often at late-night concerts and dance parties there.
Born on June 7, 1958, Prince had a thing for the number 7. On 7/7/7, he held three concerts at three venues in downtown Minneapolis, telling the crowd at one show, “Minneapolis, I am home.””
Ramsey County Hosts – Start by Believing: A Community Dialogue
Start by believing is a public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault. Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes. …. More local Start by believing office news Start by believing national office news
Hamline University Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
In honor of Creative Art Therapies Week, March 13-19, 2016, I would like to spotlight Art of Counseling, pllc, whose mission is to create a unique specialty using Creative Art Therapies to foster emotional healing, encourage internal resiliency, enhance personal relationships and give a unique perspective to human storytelling and expression. Art of Counseling is a psychotherapy group practice located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that provides mental health services to clients in the metro area. We have clinicians that are Registered Art Therapists (ATR & ATR-BC); trained in movement, play and poetry therapies; licensed or on track for Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) or Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and intertwines a trauma-informed therapy model in our clinicians’ individual theoretic model of therapy.
Clients that have been attracted to our unique approach have been those who struggle with feeling stuck, depressed mood, anxious, nightmares and sleep issues, trauma, dissociation, self-harm and risk taking, shame and guilt, childhood issues, anger, addictive behavior, eating and body image issues, sex and sexuality, cultural exploration, blended family situations, couples and marriage counseling, abandonment, grief and loss, etc. Even though we in-network for some insurances, Art of Counseling is proud to say that our clinicians’ dedicate a percentage of their case load to individuals on a sliding-fee-scale or pro bono, to help bridge the gap for affordable mental health services. We recognize Creative Art Therapies Week honors the importance of how the arts can heal, enhance and help us all to grow.
Art Therapy: It’s Not Just an Art Project
Art therapy, in all cases, is a purposeful, relational intervention.
Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT
Introducing our newest clinician Hannah Kleese, MA, AT. Now accepting new clients. Hannah specializes in art therapy and utilizes meditation, various art mediums, and writing in her work with clients. Areas that Hannah has worked with include clients that struggle with PTSD, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, anger management, codependency, Anxiety, Autism, and dual diagnosis. Hannah uses a strength-based approach and is supportive of each individuals specialized needs towards healing.
Read her profile below to find out more!
Direct Line: (651) 318-0109 ext #702
Fax: (651) 344-5015
Hannah brings warmth and compassion to a therapeutic process that promotes a cooperative journey between client and therapist. Hannah believes that clients have the capacity to be the master of their own experience. She creates an environment that supports everyone’s unique quest for healing and balance.
Hannah uses a blended approach that includes visual art, writing, meditation, and talk therapy. Through self understanding and a strength-based approach Hannah will assist to unearth personal strengths in order to find coping strategies for outside of therapy. She welcomes adults, adolescents, and children from all walks of like to come and see if her approach is a good fit for the therapeutic process that they seek.
Hannah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Bookmaking from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a dual Masters of Arts degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. Hannah is currently working towards her licensure as a Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a registered Art Therapist (ATR).
Profile can also be found at our website