Telepsychiatry in Psychotherapy Practice

Document Type


Publication Date



Psychiatry is one of the first medical specialties to move to the practice of telehealth. Social distancing in the time of COVID-19 has prompted many face-to-face practices, including psychotherapy, to transition to virtual formats. Patients and physicians may have reservations about the change in approach and may have concerns about privacy and the security of protected health information. By utilizing telepsychiatry, patients and psychiatrists can have increased access to one another, bringing a host of benefits and challenges along with it. Addressing these concerns is an important part of telepsychiatry in psychotherapy practice. Here, we discuss practical solutions to challenges clinicians might encounter when moving a psychotherapy practice to telehealth, such as privacy issues, health information security, and developing/maintain a therapeutic bond.