Roseann Bennett, LFMT, is one of the two co-founders of New Jersey’s Center for Treatment and Assessment. She has dedicated her professional career to helping people who find themselves in need. Most of the patients she provides therapy to are adolescents who come from low-income households. She has achieved advanced certifications, such as Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional. In addition to being a marriage and family counselor, she also handles much of the management aspects of running a nonprofit organization.
Roseann Bennett has been assessing the Rise of Telemedicine. In a nutshell, telemedicine involves people using telecommunication to access clinical health care from wherever they happen to be. This can include everything from sending a picture to a doctor of a supposed allergic reaction, talking online with a physician about how to treat a sore knee, to getting a prescription to treat a health condition.
Some people are now using telemedicine to access mental health services. They can chat with a mental health therapist and talk about the problems in their lives. Roseann Bennett says there are advantages to this but they are outweighed by the negatives, so she doesn’t see her form of therapy going away anytime soon.
As for the pros, Roseann Bennett says that telemedicine is convenient, and it is the lowest-cost option. This includes both travel costs and the cost of the therapy itself. However, if a therapist can’t talk to someone in person they likely won’t get the full picture of just what is going on. She says it is also much harder to establish a real relationship between the patient and therapist, so a lot of things can be missed of importance. She also says that the technology itself can be a hindrance, where the therapist has to become an expert in technology on top of keeping up with advances in their profession. See This Page for additional information