CAST Centers provides HIPAA-compliant online treatment services, including group and individual therapy and life coaching. We realize not everyone has the ability to access in-person treatment services, whether due to distance, scheduling, or social anxiety. That’s why we have been offering remote, online treatment in Los Angeles for over 10 years.
Also known as e-therapy, cyber-counseling, and telebehavioral health, online mental health treatment is the remote delivery of mental health services away from the traditional office setting. Instead of meeting a therapist or counselor in person, the client connects with them via their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Online treatment can include videoconferencing, over-the-phone sessions, online chats and voice messaging, and even email and text sessions.
Online treatment also refers to mental health services delivered via apps designed for such a purpose. Of course, the design of these apps can vary. With some, the client can receive care for clinical mental health diagnoses, while others are designed to help the user cope with a specific issue like depression, anxiety, or insomnia.
Mental health, like other areas of healthcare, has transformed rapidly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, mental health providers can now offer, and receive reimbursement for, mental health services online.
Those eligible for receiving online treatment in Los Angeles include practically anyone diagnosed with a substance use or mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar.
In recent years, the Federal government, state Medicaid programs, and private insurers have all expanded coverage for online treatment. Which is to say, most insurance companies cover online treatment, though potential clients will want to verify their coverage with their insurance provider.
Online treatment—specifically video conferencing—has helped provide mental health services to prison inmates and military personnel. Also, nationwide care providers like Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Defense Department, and the Department of Veterans Affairs have used online treatment to increase access to healthcare services and promote better care quality.
Much like traditional counseling that takes face-to-face, online treatment takes place through digital mediums like mobile apps, video conferences, email and text messages, or any platform where a conversation can happen virtually.
At CAST Centers, clients can log in from a private location and participate in our LUNA Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients can participate in individual one-on-one therapy sessions while seeing and hearing their therapist via a secure online connection. Additionally, our online group therapy program helps clients connect with others who are working on similar issues in their recovery.
Utilizing our CAST Alignment Model, we empower individuals to be themselves, without being defined by the symptoms of their substance use or mental health disorder.
Going online has expanded the possibilities for mental health treatment. According to data released by the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and the National Mental Health Services Survey, online medical treatment, otherwise known as telemedicine, increased from 22% in 2015 to 69% in 2020.
One way the stigma of mental health treatment has been reduced is with the increased use of online services. Online treatment in Los Angeles allows for feelings of security and increased privacy when receiving treatment. One result of this increased security and privacy is that mental health providers see fewer missed and canceled appointments.
Other benefits include:
In the past, too many people struggled to find effective mental health treatment. This led to the widespread avoidance of issues surrounding mental health, which in turn led to negative health outcomes. These days, online treatment for mental health disorders is widely accessible. Those living in rural or otherwise hard-to-reach areas enjoy more options. Online platforms open up the possibility for mental health counseling to just about anyone.
In this increasingly hectic world, it’s not always easy to fulfill appointments. However, thanks to online treatment options, clients can participate in their sessions at home. Online treatment eliminates the need for travel. This makes it much easier to fit a mental health counseling session into one’s day. After all, mental health treatment should take place on the client’s terms and work for their schedule—online treatment makes this a reality.
Many people avoid mental health counseling because of the cost. Fortunately, online treatment has made the practice affordable. And since the pandemic, most insurance providers cover online treatment in Los Angeles, just as they would for in-person treatment.
For some, the prospect of exposing one’s vulnerability in an unfamiliar place was intimidating, and so seeking help for one’s mental health issues was swept aside. With online treatment, clients can participate in a session wherever they feel most comfortable, whether that’s in their office or their living room. In this way, online treatment eases anxiety on the part of the client.
In conclusion, online treatment helps make it OK to seek and receive professional help for their mental health. Those who may have held back from seeking mental health treatment because of negative stereotypes or a lack of options may want to reconsider.
If you or someone you love struggles with a mental health or substance use disorder, CAST Centers in West Hollywood can provide support, both online and in person. Our caring, professional staff will work with you to optimize your wellness and set you up for success in your recovery. Plus, CAST Centers is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross and MHN Health Net. We also accept most PPO insurances, including Cigna, Aetna, and UnitedHealth. Contact us today for a free assessment and realize the freedom to be your best self.
CAST Centers is in network with Anthem Blue Cross, MHN Health Net and accepts most PPO insurances like Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare.