By Mary McPhail Gray
NVW Board Chair
Living in the mountains of Northern New Mexico is special and beautiful, but not without its challenges. It’s a long trip to town when something is needed. Taos Emotional Health & Wellness (TEHW), a program of Nonviolence Works, recognized this as a barrier to mental health treatment for many folks in areas surrounding Taos. To address this community need, TEHW has acquired the technology to provide online counseling services to our clients in Red River, Angel Fire, Costilla, Cerro, and pretty much any location in the State.
Rather than driving one to two hours each way for a one-hour therapeutic appointment, clients can meet with a counselor through their computer, tablet, or via video platform on a secure website.
Many people are familiar with tele-medicine first developed in the 1950s, which has been providing services to rural areas for many years. The video platform enables a patient/client to talk directly with a qualified professional and receive therapeutic services that are covered by their insurance carrier.
Karen House, our clinical director, is already seeing clients with this service, and other NVW clinicians are in training. We have appointments available immediately! Individuals can call NVW at 575-758-4297 and speak directly with our receptionist, Alicia Romero, who can easily guide them through the intake process. Our website is also a great way to connect to our intake process: www.nonviolenceworks.us. However; Alicia is a master at making the job really customer-friendly. Clients who are currently driving some distance for appointments can request to be transferred to the e-counseling program. [Read more…] about Erasing the Miles for Counseling!