Telepsychiatry is an innovative technology that can speed up access to mental health services and provide a lifeline to patients who are unable to leave their homes. Allison Sikorsky, PMHNP, of At Your Service Psychiatry, provides an entirely online service for patients with a range of serious psychiatric disorders including depression, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and bipolar II disorder. The practice is based in Bloomingdale, Illinois, but Allison has licenses to provide telepsychiatry services in 20 other states. Find out more by calling the office or booking online today.
Telepsychiatry is a service that enables you to access psychiatric care without having to leave your home. It usually involves videoconferencing, which is the same as using apps you’re probably familiar with, like Skype and Facetime. Allison runs her practice, At Your Service Psychiatry, entirely via Zoom videoconferencing.
Telepsychiatry is a direct interaction between you and your therapist, so in effect, having your consultation via your laptop or tablet is just the same as visiting your therapist in person.
Allison provides the same kinds of services as a traditional psychiatrist, including psychiatric evaluations, therapy sessions, and medication management. She can also prescribe any medication you need remotely.
Telepsychiatry has numerous benefits for patients. It’s a convenient method that means mental health services are readily accessible and affordable.
It also allows people to use mental health services where there might not be access locally, for example, in remote areas, or if you rely on public transport because you don’t drive.
Finding time away from work or family can be difficult if you’re a busy person, as most people are today, but with telepsychiatry, you don’t have the same problem.
Conversely, if your condition means you find it difficult or impossible to leave home, telepsychiatry enables you to get help without the ordeal of leaving your sanctuary.
Telepsychiatry is a less stressful experience, as you don’t have to battle traffic or worry about having car troubles. You don’t need to struggle through the crowds or even talk to anyone except Allison.
Using telepsychiatry also enables Allison to make you an appointment far more quickly than you could with a traditional psychiatric service. Many psychiatrists have a 2-3 month waiting list, but Allison’s patients can usually speak to her within 2-3 days of requesting an appointment.
Your therapist can only treat you if they’re licensed to practice in the state where you live. While At Your Service Psychiatry is based in Bloomingdale, Illinois, Allison has licenses in 20 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, And Washington.
If you live in one of these states, find out how Allison can help you via telepsychiatry. Call At Your Service Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.