Between the fear of the pandemic threat being uncertain and continuous, in-person activities being severely limited perceived health risks for friends and family, businesses closing under financial pressure, and other health anxieties, the stress of 2020 has increased the need for mental health services and more specifically, the demand for virtual mental health care.
Virtual mental health support, often called telehealth or teletherapy, plays an integral role in the growing need for mental health support. Societal crises, catastrophes, epidemics, and other public health calamities always correlate with an increase in anxiety, depression, and emotional unrest, but the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has been extreme. In today’s society, intolerance of uncertainty leads quickly to anger, frustration, and fear.
It is not always something people are inclined to discuss, but the truth is that these mental health challenges are quite common. About 1 in 5 adults in the US, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), suffer from mental health issues. With the additional factors of economic instability and health and safety uncertainties that this pandemic has brought, there is no doubt a need to reach more people for mental health support.
An increase in HIPPA compliant platforms has allowed healthcare and mental health facilities the ability to reach their patients in a variety of ways, such as the communication options utilized by KIYA Longevity:
● Exchanging messages with your health consultant
● Chatting live with your health consultant
● Speaking over the phone with your health consultant
● Video conferencing with your health consultant
To limit the spread of the extremely contagious COVID-19 virus, teletherapy is of vital importance. Not only does this prevent possible exposure, but it also eases the demand on local healthcare, hospital, and mental health systems. Teletherapy is also a wonderful medium for naturopathic and complementary mental health support, such as sound therapy, guided meditations, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and hypnotherapy.
Convenience is a big consideration when utilizing teletherapy. You can sit at your desk, in the kitchen, or even your bed, and can use your smartphone, a tablet, or a computer. When a patient reaches out for support, such as in the case of KIYA Longevity, a health consultant is able to learn about you, your issue, your history, and your goals.
This is where alternative therapies come in.
Through the telehealth platform, health consultants are able to provide support, education, and solutions for mental health patients especially in managing or relieving the symptoms they experience.
Close to 40 percent of Americans utilize methods beyond conventional medicine, such as homeopathy, hypnotherapy, yoga, and mindfulness. In fact, the majority of clinically trained mental health therapists often recommend alternatives to psychiatric or pharmacologic treatment, such as mindfulness meditation or aromatherapy. Through teletherapy, this counseling and guidance are possible. A virtual visit allows a practitioner to talk a client through nutritional balancing, stress management, and hormonal balancing.
Teletherapy can be blended harmoniously with naturopathic mental health, creating an effective, convenient, and safe path to achieve mental and emotional wellness. Contact us at KIYA Longevity to learn more or set up an appointment. With easy access to your very own specialized doctor and reliable, scientifically researched methods, our teletherapy program will help you to reach your goals.
Teletherapy and Naturopathic Mental Health
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