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Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D., ABPP, from Glastonbury, Conn. feels that telepsychology is a great way to provide continuity of care.

Remote therapy brings benefits, raises questions

By Phyllis Hanlon

In 2009 when Marty Fino, Ph.D., semi-retired from private practice in Rutland, Vt., telepsychology was a mere blip on practitioners’ radar screen. Although some clinicians had begun to email at that time, communicating electronically with clients had not become as prevalent as it has in recent years. The Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) has been a forerunner in telehealth practices since the mid-1990s and covers more than 44 clinical specialties, including TeleMental Health. According to VHA, in fiscal year 2013, more than 278,000 encounters took place to more than 91,000 veterans via telehealth. The scope of these services focused on posttraumatic [More]

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