What to Consider When Choosing a Doctor for an Online Mental Health Consultation

If you’re one of the 25% of adults who have a mental health condition then working with a therapist, counselor, or other mental health provider can be a great resource for you.

And an online mental health consultation can help you determine whether a specific provider is the right one for you. Read on for our guide on finding the right provider for your specific mental health needs.

  1. What Type of Mental Health Provider Do You Need?

Some preliminary research can be helpful in determining what kind of provider you need. If you’re experiencing high levels of anxiety or depression, consider a simple online search for “what type of mental health provider should I see for depression?”

You can do the same for any mental health condition you may be working with. There are various methods of mental health treatment including (but not limited to) therapy, counseling, medications, etc.

The first step is to have an idea of what type of provider you’re looking for.

  1. Is Continuous Online Mental Health Consultation Available?

Online therapy and mental health counseling are becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it physically safer to have an online appointment, but it is often more convenient for patients. It often eliminates the need to leave the home, travel, take time off work, and potentially arranging for child-care.

If your mental health provider can offer continuous access through online consultation, then patients can also continue seeing a therapist even if they relocate. You can find more info here on mental health counselors online.

Some mental health providers won’t provide more than a few online appointments to their clients. So if you intend on seeing this provider more than that, you may want to consider finding another that will provide long-term, online care.

  1. Are You Interested in Trying Medications?

If you’re interested in trying medication as a form of managing a mental health condition, then there are certain providers that can and can’t prescribe medication.

You may end up seeing more than one provider. A psychiatrist can prescribe and manage medications. Licensed counselors and psychologists can provide therapy.

Your interest in medications may influence the type of mental health consultation you need.

  1. How Do You Know If They Are Licensed?

Depending on the method of mental health counseling that you’re seeking you’ll want to verify that the provider is licensed in the country and state where you live. They’ll typically provide that information on their website or you can ask for verification by calling their offices.

  1. Are You Using Health Insurance to Help Pay?

If you’re attempting to use your health insurance to assist in paying for your mental health counseling, you should contact your insurance company and obtain a list of providers that are considered “in-network” for you.

If you are planning to pay out-of-pocket for your care, then you can essentially use any provider that fits your other criteria.

Now What?

Now that you have an idea of how to find a provider for mental health consultation you can start to treat your mental health condition.

We’re living through unprecedented times with increasing amounts of stress and pressure. An investment of time into your mental health is one of the greatest things you can do to stay afloat.

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