The VR Experience

This may be obvious, but since VR is a 3D experience it is challenging to describe it. Most basically, VR utilizes a headset (like oversized googles) that blocks out the participant’s world and replaces it with a visual, auditory, and even sensory (via handsets that buzz) experience. you feel like you are “in” the VR experience: when you move your hands (and move the hand controllers), “your” virtual hands move; when you push buttons on the hand controller, your virtual hand will grasp an object, point and other movements(this takes some practice); when you move your head to the left,

Virtual Reality and Therapy – Overview of VR and Headsets

MHConcierge has posted several articles in the last year about using virtual reality (VR) for therapy.  It is evident that VR is a “thing,” and therapists need to know enough about VR to make an informed decision about whether to incorporate it into their practice. This will be the first of several MHConcierge posts about VR.  We will start with a brief overview of VR and VR headsets.  Future posts will discuss more specific use of VR with certain disorders, mainly anxiety disorders including social anxiety, phobias, and PTSD, but also pain disorders.  And, it can be potentially helpful for

Considering a telehealth-only practice from your home? Here are some preliminary issues to consider.

Considering a telehealth-only practice from your home?  Here are some preliminary issues to consider.

Therapists and other mental health clinicians have relied on telehealth to continue to provide services during these difficult times. Some are working from home, and find that this works pretty well. Some are considering closing their brick-and-mortar office and transitioning to a home office, providing telehealth-only services.  MHConcierge wonders whether and how this will work, and if there might be unforeseen consequences.  To get help with these questions, I posted questions on several local and national listservs. I also sent questions to Provider Relations staff at 5 Minnesota insurance companies: BCBS MN, Medica/UHC/Optum, HealthPartners, UCare and PreferedOne.

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4: DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4:  DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Providing telehealth/telebehavioral services can be an opportunity to both expand your practice and help people with difficulty getting to your office.  There are, however, a lot of regulatory and authorization details that you need to attend to.  Here is another update from MHConcierge, following up on previous posts, Telehealth, an Overview and Telehealth, Getting Started.

Telehealth, A Psychologist’s Perspective: Getting Started

  I decided to provide telehealth, or telemental health, services to expand my practice, meet the expectations of my increasingly technology-savvy patient/client population, and to help meet the needs of local underserved populations.  I quickly learned that getting ready to start providing telehealth services requires some research and training – my “homework.” My first step was researching whether my licensing board allows, or at least does not forbid, telehealth.  In Minnesota, it is OK. Next, I researched  whether my contracted insurance companies cover telehealth services, and if so whether they have limitations on this coverage. One crucial question is whether