Teletherapy Helps Local Students Address Mental Health During Pandemic – if Insurance Covers It

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Teletherapy has been an invaluable resource for many students who are dealing with mental health issues during the pandemic, writes Catherine Odom for the Daily Local News.

Anna, a University of Virginia freshman from Chadds Ford who withheld her last name for this story, just switches on her computer and logs into a session with her therapist from the comfort of her dorm.

She has been attending therapy for more than a year, and while her treatment now looks significantly different due to COVID-19, it has been an overall positive experience.

“My particular therapist has been very good about … retaining that level of personal connection and helping me with my personal growth,” she said.

But not everybody is as fortunate. Winter Elvin, a local college student, is unable to access teletherapy because her family’s insurance does not cover virtual therapy sessions.

This is especially challenging for the freshman who, without therapy, had to start taking her anxiety medication once again.

“I was freshly off my meds, and then the pandemic made it so much worse, so I had to end up going back on my meds,” she said.

Read more about teletherapy in the Daily Local News here.

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