The Good Life Center for Mental Health is now offering therapeutic services through a hybrid telehealth option in specific areas throughout New Jersey. Treatment is primarily delivered through telehealth sessions and clients can elect to meet with their therapist for additional in-person meetings in the community to experientially practice the skills learned during telehealth sessions. The in-person hybrid add-on option can enhance clients’ therapeutic experiences by enabling their therapist to provide support and feedback while practicing skills and confronting challenges in everyday real-life situations. This option also affords clients the opportunity to engage in some in-person contact with their therapist, while benefiting from the flexibility of telehealth.
Hybrid Telehealth Service Areas
The hybrid option can be particularly useful in the treatment of a number of presenting problems. For anxiety difficulties, in-person therapist community meetings provide a stage for exposure in the treatment of social anxiety, performance anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In these instances, the client faces situations that they find intimidating or trigger their anxiety responses. With the support of their therapist, the client can test their ability to accept rejection, manage negative self-talk, confront fears and put catastrophic expectations to rest.
The hybrid option can also be useful in the treatment of depression and self-esteem difficulties. For these types of challenges, meeting with a therapist in a community setting can be beneficial in helping unmotivated clients benefit from engaging in positive and rewarding activities. In these instances, the therapist can be an invaluable resource for increasing involvement in pleasurable activities that are consistent with the clients’ purpose and meaning in their life.
In-person meetings with a therapist in the community may also be useful for those clients who wish to enhance social skill development. In these instances, the therapist can model and provide step-by-step feedback during real-life encounters to enhance skill acquisition and implementation.