Dr. Wagner meets with his patients through the use of a teletherapy platform. He does not offer any direct, in-office clinical services. (Please note that a more detailed description of the teletherapy process will be provided in Dr. Wagner’s Informed Consent, a document patient’s receive prior the initial session).
Q: I’m not an IT technician and I don’t have a “fancy” computer. Can teletherapy still work for me?
A: Teletherapy doesn’t require any specialized computer knowledge or sophisticated equipment. The only thing needed is an electronic device (computer, laptop, phone, tablet, etc.), that allows you to establish and maintain a basic internet connection with a functional camera.
Q: I’m concerned about my privacy and sharing personal information on-line. Is teletherapy private and safe?
A: Dr. Wagner utilizes a teletherapy platform that is compliant with the regulations established in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Although there will always be inevitable risks associated with any type of electronic communication, a HIPPA compliant teletherapy platform utilizes highly sophisticated encryption and security measures in order to protect patient’s private and confidential information.
Q: Is teletherapy effective?
A: Much of the current research supports the efficacy of teletherapy and suggests that teletherapy services can be as effective as direct, in-person therapy for many individuals, including, but not limited to, those struggling with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
Q. Is teletherapy covered by my insurance?
A: It has been Dr. Wagner’s experience that the majority of local insurance companies cover and reimburse for teletherapy sessions. However, because insurance companies offer a variety of different plans, Dr. Wagner cannot assume or guarantee any information regarding a Patient’s coverage. Thus, it is extremely important for a Patient to verify the specifics of his or her mental health benefits and coverage for teletherapy prior to meeting with Dr. Wagner.