Blended Care: What is it and how does it work?
Blended care means that online support is interspersed with offline contact with a psychologist. Once every one to two weeks, you’ll visit an iPractice psychologist on site for a 45-minute consultation. Additionally, you can schedule an online appointment with a psychologist at any time.
Therapy at iPractice
Blended Care means you always work in a team with a consulting psychologist for in-depth discussions and an online psychologist for approachable contact and support. At iPractice, we believe in solution-focused work and above all: in your resilience. Positive behavioural change occurs on the basis of new insights and applying them. That is why we let you actively practice with the knowledge you gain during treatment.
In-depth Consultations With a Psychologist
For the 45-minute sessions, we meet with you at one of the iPractice locations. The consulting room psychologist will then take all the time he needs to explore things in greater depth with you. What exactly are the causes underlying your complaint? What solutions are available? You always go home with more insight and often an exercise.
Conversations With Online psychologist
In between the in-depth sessions, you have contact with your online psychologist via chat or video call. The appointments last between 10 and 30 minutes. The online psychologist is there especially for accessible contact, sharing exercises and support in between.
Good to know
It is always possible to get in touch directly via chat. You write or tell us what you are feeling and what this feeling is doing to you. Our psychologists respond during office hours. The online psychologists also help you practice what you learn during your treatment. This way, you can immediately put what you learn into practice. You stay actively involved in your goals during weeks and practice new behaviors.
What Does a Psychologist Do?
A psychologist is someone who specializes in how people think and behave, specifically the kind of thinking and behavior that people find troubling. A psychologist’s aim is to provide appropriate treatment that will reduce any symptoms the patient has.
The psychologists at iPractice handle every problem carefully and discretely. They’ll work together with you to look for the cause. They’ll also emphasize your personal strengths and all the things you’re doing well. This way, you’ll go away from each consultation feeling a little bit stronger.
Do I Need to Visit a Physician First?
If you want to make a claim on your health insurance to cover the cost of your psychological treatment, then you’ll need a referral letter from your physician. Are you paying for the treatment yourself? Then you don’t need a referral letter and won’t have to visit a physician first.
How Do I Get a Referral?
You can get a referral for a consultation with a psychologist from your family physician or a company doctor. You’ll need to explain to this doctor what your symptoms are. If they think that treatment might help, your doctor will give you a referral letter.
Can I See a Psychologist without Being Referred?
Yes, you can visit iPractice without a referral. However, if you don’t have a referral letter, you can’t claim back the costs of your (online) therapy through your health insurance. This means that you’ll have to cover them yourself. It’s also possible to discuss billing the costs to your employer.
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The cost of treatment is reimbursed by most health insurers when there is a referral letter from the GP and when the GP can make an official diagnosis according to DSM-V guidelines.