Valley psychologists switch to online treatment during COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 23, 2020, 4:35 AM | Updated: 7:57 am
(Twitter photo/Ali Vetnar)...
(Twitter photo/Ali Vetnar)
(Twitter photo/Ali Vetnar)

PHOENIX — As the number of positive coronavirus test results in Arizona continue to increase, residents are undertaking new measures to ensure social distancing.

Telemedicine — the practice of doctors treating patients remotely via modern technology — has become more popular and more practical for many in the Valley as they seek the care of medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biltmore Psychology and Counseling recently made the decision to move all appointments to phone or video sessions.

“That was a super hard decision for us,” Dr. Melissa Estavillo told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“We went back and forth because we know not everyone feels comfortable with telehealth, but there is a significant portion of our [clients] that have medical conditions.”