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Teletherapy

Orchard Mental Health is excited to offer teletherapy (also called e-therapy, telepsychology, or online therapy) services to help support our community here in Maryland!

Can’t leave the house?

Don’t worry! We’re still here for you. 

Teletherapy is just one form of “telehealth,” which includes other remote health services such as telemedicine and telepsychiatry. Teletherapy sessions are just like in-person psychotherapy or counseling sessions. You meet for the same amount of time, work on the same issues, and have a chance to feel heard and understood. The only difference is, instead of meeting in an office, you meet with your therapist over the internet via video chat.

Therapists are able to provide individual, couples, and even group therapy online — and research shows it is just as effective as in-person (see Varker et al., 2018, and Wilson et al., 2017).

While the effectiveness of teletherapy is evidence-based, some issues are not a good fit for teletherapy and are best treated in-person. If you are in an immediate crisis (suicidal or homicidal intent, significant self-harm, or eating disorders, etc.), please call the crisis center (Dial 988) for immediate assistance.

Relationship Issues & Marital Problems

Even in a healthy relationship, couplers therapy and marriage counseling can be instrumental in strengthening bonds and avoiding pitfalls.

Loneliness

You are not alone. Our trained professionals can help you feel seen and heard, as well as guide you towards self-healing and repairing your relationship with yourself.

Anxiety & Worry

Even if you feel you’ve tried everything, we assure you that we can help. Effective anxiety therapy treats more than just the symptoms of the problem.

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Difficulties with Sleep

We can help by identifying underlying issues, teaching coping skills, and promoting healthy sleep habits.

Grief & Loss

Loss comes in many forms, including death of a loved one, loss of career, etc.

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Feelings of Sadness or Depression

It’s okay to be sad sometimes. We’re here to help you through understanding your feelings and managing coping with your emotions.

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Mood Swings

When you have an understanding of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, you’re able to better change your thought patterns, and therefore, balance your overall mood.

Stress Management

Everyone goes through periods of overwhelming stress, but you don’t have to manage alone. We help clients learn and practice strategies to manage their mental load.

Child Rearing & Parent Issues

As we say, children don’t come witha handbook! We offer virtual parent coaching and family therapy services.

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Difficulty Focusing or Being Productive

There are many reasons why someone might find it difficult to focus or be productive.  We’ll help you be and feel productive.

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How Does Teletherapy Work?

OMHG uses a secure, fully confidential, HIPAA-compliant video platform, making it easy for you to connect with your therapist without sacrificing confidentiality or reliability.

You will need to have a decent internet connection, along with a smartphone or computer with a webcam, in order to do a video chat session. You may also consider using headphones for increased privacy.

Telehealth appointments are a safe and convenient option. If you schedule a telehealth appointment, you will receive an email and text appointment confirmation and a link to initiate your visit. If you have any issues connecting, please call our office to troubleshoot.

If at any point you are having trouble accessing your session or if you aren’t sure what to do next, contact us as soon as possible at 240-750-6467. Our team can help you troubleshoot any issues and walk you through the steps.

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Does insurance cover teletherapy?

Most health insurance plans now include coverage at the same rate as an in-person session, but please email us at billing@orchardmentalhealth.com, call us at 240-750-6476, or contact your carrier to verify that virtual mental health sessions are covered under your plan.

Do you provide teletherapy for children? What about couples and families?

Yes, there are many creative ways to engage children online! If the child Is not able to be served well through this medium, we may suggest our parent consultation and guidance services, instead.

Also, our teletherapy services extend to couples therapy or marriage counseling, as well as parent coaching and family therapy.

Do you have online psychiatry appointments?

Yes, our psychiatric nurse practitioners have availability for online visits and can transmit lab orders and prescription requests electronically.

What if I'm uncomfortable with being on video?

Some people may feel a bit awkward or anxious the first time they try teletherapy, and that’s okay! Most clients are feeling more relaxed after the second or third teletherapy session.

I don't have a private place to talk — what should I do?

Feel free to contact us to get some help with problem-solving a space to do teletherapy! For example, some clients may sit in their car during the session.

Do you provide assessments via teletherapy?

Yes we do! Although, some assessments will need to be in-person. Please contact us for details.

Tips for a Successful Virtual Session

Because we aren’t meeting in person, we have to better manage our time and minimize distractions.

  • Find a private location where you can talk openly and freely with your provider.
  • If you need to have a session in your car, park your car in a safe place with adequate signal.
  • Make sure you’re located in Maryland for your session. There are certain exceptions to this, so if you’re unsure, speak with our administrative staff or your therapist before your appointment.
  • Sign into your session a few minutes early, so you can check in and complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Dress accordingly. Be sure to wear what you would wear if you were coming into the office.

We employ multiple research-based therapy modalities.

Everyone’s journey is unique to them, which is why each person’s treatment is tailored to their needs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A common therapy modality, CBT is a problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and free them from unhelpful patterns of behavior.

Single-Session Therapy

Designed to be focused, intensive, and solution-oriented, single-session therapy (SST), or one-time therapy, aims to achieve meaningful change or resolution in a client’s issue within a one single therapy session.

Motivational Interviewing

MI is an evidence-based approach that is often used in counseling and psychotherapy to help individuals explore and resolve ambivalence about behavior change. It’s often used on its own or in conjunction with other approaches.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

The therapeutic goal of ACT is psychological flexibility, which means you are capable of staying present, and adapting to the moment in a way that allows you to live a meaningful life.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT has a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships. It’s useful in treating mood disorders and suicidal ideation, as well as for changing behavioral patterns.

Psychodynamic Therapy

PDT’s basis states deriving insights from childhood can give patients insights about their current problems. This therapy’s success relies heavily on trust, since the topics discussed during sessions are often sensitive or traumatic.

We're here to help.

You can send us a message through our contact form. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

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Client Experiences

This is what some of our clients are saying!

From the moment I connected with [Orchard Mental Health], I felt at home. Appointment setting was easy. They made me comfortable from the start. Although I haven’t met all the therapists, I can tell you the ones I know are trustworthy, smart, and can get to the heart of the problem (with solutions!) quickly. What is good to know also is that they not only provide counseling, they do testing and can manage medications if need be. Highly recommend.

I cannot put into words how much working with Sarah has impacted my life. She has helped me so much to grow into a version of myself that I value. She has really helped me get through these pandemic times and also served as a mentor.

Dr. Archer is amazing. I finally found a therapist that I vibe with and just gets it. She’s very professional, knowledgeable and most importantly she LISTENS! I was a previous patient and just recently returned to this practice.

Mary, the scheduler/administrative worker was so kind, professional, proactive, and empathetic. I could not be more appreciative of her active listening skills, compassion, and willingness to help me.

Dr. Snow is a very kind and professional psychiatric provider.

I love working with Genevieve. She is supportive and a very nice therapist.

I am very satisfied with my clinician. She has helped me greatly in solving my anxiety and PTSD issues. There is always stress in my life. But, with the right tools, it’s possible to understand and cope. My clinician provides that for me.

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