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Telehealth and teletherapy are growing in popularity among patients due to their accessibility and affordability. Fortunately, there are no additional requirements or credentials needed for mental health or substance abuse counselors to transition to the online space.
Teletherapists provide online counseling to patients struggling with substance use disorders or mental health conditions, helping them improve their wellbeing and learn healthy strategies for dealing with life situations. Many communities throughout the U.S. face a lack of mental health care and recovery resources, which makes teletherapy ideal for those who would otherwise be unable to find the help they need.
The Recovery Village is part of a nationwide network of accredited addiction treatment facilities. With locations across the country and a staff that holds over 3,000 professional credentials collectively, our evidence-based approach to addiction treatment has received a variety of accolades. We are always ready to welcome new professionals to our team, either locally at our facilities or nationally through our telehealth app. We often have openings for teletherapists and other online roles for The Recovery Village Telehealth app. View the most up-to-date positions available at our job portal website.
It varies depending on whether the therapist is working for a healthcare organization or an exclusively online platform. It can also depend on whether the platform takes insurance or uses a pay-per-session model. The median annual wage for salaried substance abuse and mental health counselors was $44,630 in 2018.
Many internet-based telehealth companies hire counselors as 1099 employees, but online counselors operating from clinics and similar facilities are usually salaried employees.
Counselors should only provide therapy to clients within the same state or any other state where they hold a license.
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.” September 4, 2019. Accessed April 12, 2020.
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Center for Connected Health Policy. “State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies.” The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, Fall 2019. Accessed April 12, 2020.
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