Home Based Therapy is made available especially to families or individuals who have a difficult time accessing therapy, or who would benefit from having the therapist come to them. Many community mental health programs and child protective agencies around the United States and Canada offer Home Based Therapy Programs.
Why Therapists Offer Home Based Therapy
Home Based Therapists recognize that, due to illness, transportation problems, disability, finances, childcare, crisis, or a wide range of other reasons, it can be challenging to get to a therapy office for an appointment. With this in mind, some private practice therapists offer Home Based Therapy as a solution, not unlike the way many rural doctors to this day still make house calls. In addition, some “office” therapists offer Home Based services when specific skills can be demonstrated and practiced “right then and there,” in the home.
Practice of Home Based Therapy
Family therapy often goes hand in hand with Home Based Therapy, as one can imagine it is an easier way to have everyone present, especially if there are challenges in getting to therapy. A therapist who practices Home Based Therapy may have another therapist with him or her, one who serves as a “partner” during the process. Not only does this give you additional support, but is also a way for the therapist to have additional support or resources, should they be needed. If you have contacted a crisis line, it is more likely that you will see a team, rather than just one therapist. Nevertheless, not all Home Based therapists work in a “team,” but many do.
When Home Based Therapy occurs really depends on what you and your therapist decide, and how often it is needed to meet your needs. It may be every once in a while, as a supplement to “in office” sessions, or the primary approach used. It also may occur in response to a crisis, such as when you have contacted a crisis line for additional support.
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