What To Look for In A Telehealth Therapist

When looking for a distance provider, also known as a telehealth provider, do you know what to look for? Here’s my quick-tip guide. Photo: screen capture of the nation’s most popular therapist search engine.

Starting June 2017, ¬†Seattle Direct Counseling services will transition from 20% telehealth services (online and phone) to 100% telehealth (not counting presentations, interviews and podcasts, and email communications). This transition begs the question, “What should I look for in a telehealth therapist?”

Here is my short list of things you should look for when seeking a therapist who uses telehealth options as their primary way of delivering mental health and coaching services using accepted technological platforms and devices.

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    Mental Health and Gut Health

    Mental Health | Gut Health | Microbiome | Immunity

    Scientific data is beginning to show an elaborate connection between gut health and brain function. Learn more about how you can positively influence both.

    Is there a connection between mental health and gut health? And if so, is the connection in one direction, or in both directions? That is, can your brain’s health influence your gut function, and can your gut health have an influence on your ¬†brain, and thus, mental health?

    Last month, I arrived two minutes before a six-hour continuing education lecture on the subjects of immunity, inflammation, and the gut microbiota was slated to begin, and there were but a few seats left in the crowded hotel conference room. Apparently, I picked a hot topic! The majority of the participants were nurses and doctors, and based on the speed of the note-taking I witnessed, there was great interest in the topic. However, I wouldn’t expect the average person to care, even though I think everyone should.

    For you, I will disseminate those six hours of lecture into the best takeaways for you regarding the connection between your gut and your mental health. For our purposes here, I’ll try to keep the medical terminology simple and on point about its connection to brain health and mental health.

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