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Melissa Dowd (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist)

Melissa Dowd (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist)

Melissa Dowd received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of CA and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. In addition to her work as a clinical therapist, Melissa is passionate about promoting emotional wellness through leading workshops, guest appearances, and across social media platforms.

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Dr. Adonis Saremi

Dr. Saremi completed his Master’s Degree (MS) in Applied Physiology and Medical Doctorate (MD) at the Chicago Medical School. He subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. When he’s not working, he enjoys time with his family and the outdoors.

January 24, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

Online Mental Health Help

Mental illness can be crippling and reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. Luckily, access to mental health services like therapy, psychiatrist appointments, and primary care consultations is expanding as these services become available on online platforms. 

If you’re too depressed to get up in the morning or too anxious to see your friends and coworkers, you can now get the mental health help you need from the comfort of your own home.

  • Browse our network of top therapist to find one that matches your needs.

  • Get private and secure emotional support weekly from your dedicated therapist.

  • Experience comprehensive care with unlimited access to your care team and primary care physician.

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Benefits of Online Mental Health Services

Online mental health platforms offer a variety of benefits when compared to traditional in-person mental health services.

According to a 2016 study in the Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, “Effective approaches to the long-term management of mental illness include monitoring, surveillance, mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and biopsychosocial treatment programs. The empirical evidence presented in this article demonstrates the capability of [telemental health] to perform these functions more efficiently and as well as or more effectively than in-person care.”

Other benefits of online mental health services include:

No Need to Leave Home

The biggest benefit to online mental health services is that you don’t need to leave your home. Some mental illnesses can be crippling and the thought of going to an appointment with a stranger is simply too overwhelming for many people.

Additionally, some people in rural areas lack access to nearby mental health services. People with physical limitations may also find it hard to leave home for treatment.

With online mental health services, you can have a phone or video appointment with a licensed therapist or doctor.


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Affordability

Mental health services can be extremely expensive, and some insurance plans don’t cover therapy or the cost of medication. Since online mental health providers don’t need to pay for office space, they can charge less for their services. Online mental health services are often much more affordable than in-person mental health help.

At PlushCare, the price of an online therapy appointment is $119 per session or $99 for weekly sessions. You get a $20 discount for booking weekly therapy sessions, and you can cancel at any time.

Convenience

With online mental health services, you can have the appointment whenever and wherever is comfortable for you. There is no need to take extra time off work to drive across town.

People in rural areas or those who have a hard time leaving their home especially benefit from online mental health services.

  • Browse our network of top therapist to find one that matches your needs.

  • Get private and secure emotional support weekly from your dedicated therapist.

  • Experience comprehensive care with unlimited access to your care team and primary care physician.

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Reduced Stigma

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and getting care for mental health issues. With online mental health services, nobody needs to know you’re getting help; not even strangers in a waiting room.

Easier to Open Up

These days, most of us spend much of our lives online. As a result, it can be easier to open up to somebody on a screen than in-person. There may be less worry about feeling judged when you’re not in the same room with someone.


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Make an Appointment Now

At PlushCare, we’re proud to offer virtual therapy sessions that you can attend from the comfort of your home.

Our licensed therapists can help you deal with a variety of mental health troubles, such as anxiety or depression. Click here to get started and book an appointment with one of our online therapists.

If our therapists believe you will benefit from medication, they may recommend you book an appointment with one of our trusted doctors who can write you an appropriate prescription for your needs.

PlushCare offers convenient, reliable, and affordable virtual doctors appointments you can access from the comfort of your home. Together, our therapists and doctors will work together to ensure you get the help you deserve. 

Click here to book an appointment with one of PlushCare’s trusted doctors.

*Note: not all mental health conditions can be treated online. Online doctors cannot prescribe controlled substances such as Xanax.


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Sources:

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Cleveland Clinic. Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Management & Prevention. Accessed on December 17, 2020 at https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11874-stress

American Psychological Association. What Is Telepsychiatry? Accessed on December 17, 2020 at https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-telepsychiatry

Telemedicine Journal and e-Health. The Empirical Evidence for Telemedicine Interventions in Mental Disorders. Accessed on December 17, 2020 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4744872/

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