Roseann Bennett, co-founder of the Center for Treatment and Assessment, has mixed feelings on the role that telemedicine will play in the future of therapy and absolutely sees both the pros and the cons.
As a licensed family therapist who received both her MA and Ed. S. from Seton Hall, Bennett co-founded the Center for Treatment and Assessment in Hackettstown, NJ. Roseann Bennett had the goal of ensuring that families and individuals can get the mental health help they need without concern for their ability to pay.
According to Bennett, Telemedicine can play a big role in helping to reduce the associated costs of seeing a therapist and could be a more affordable component in the future mental health. In addition to reducing costs, telemedicine can eliminate the need to travel to a therapist’s office, this can reduce time away from work and family and also opens up the ability to see specialists who may not reside close enough for someone to travel to regularly. See This Page for additional information.
Telemedicine is not without its downsides as well. One of the biggest is the lack of privacy, while sessions may be conducted privately and securely, there is always a chance for this information to be compromised. With regular stories of the private data of millions of Americans being stolen from major retailers around the country, it isn’t hard to see that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. A second downside is, especially within the field of therapy, telemedicine could hinder a therapist’s ability to notice body language or other subtle cues that would be more apparent in person.
For these reasons and others Roseann Bennett has said that while this is a great first step for individuals who otherwise would not be able to receive care, people will continue to have face to face sessions with therapists for the foreseeable future.