Teletherapy Specialist

Family Addiction Specialist

Addiction Counselor & Clinical Hypnotherapist located in Brooklyn, NY & Manhattan, New York, NY

Individualized support and guidance for substance abuse and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, cannot always be facilitated in person between a therapist and client, nor does it have to. Oftentimes, due to business and personal travel; crammed schedules; or crisis situations, such as Covid-19, individuals are not always able to meet face-to-face with their therapist. Teletherapy is a counseling service provided by Lin Sternlicht, LMHC, MA, EdM and Aaron Sternlicht, LMHC, CASAC at Family Addiction Specialist using long-distance technology to provide clients with support and guidance when the therapist and client cannot be in the same room at the same time. To learn more about their professional teletherapy services, please call Family Addiction Specialist at their Manhattan or Brooklyn location for a phone consultation and to schedule an initial assessment.

Teletherapy Q & A


What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy, also referred to as telecounseling, teleheatlh, or telemedicine, is a form of virtual therapy or online therapy. Teletherapy utilizes current technology to provide an accessible and convenient way for individuals and families to receive psychotherapy from the comfort and safety of their own home, office, or other location. It is a favorable option when an individual does not have time in their schedule to travel to and from their therapist’s office or when an individual cannot be in the same room as their therapist (e.g, for logistic or health reasons).

Who can benefit from Teletherapy?

Anyone seeking support and guidance for addiction or mental health issues can benefit from Teletherapy. Family Addiction Specialist specializes in teletherapy for substance abuse issues, such as alcohol or prescription medication abuse and behavioral addictions, such as gambling. They also provide effective treatment for mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, and family conflict.

Teletherapy is especially beneficial for individuals who are not able to regularly attend in-person therapy sessions. Teletherapy can be used as the sole means of psychotherapy or coaching, or it can be used on an as-needed basis when the recipient is unable to attend in-person sessions. Teletherapy can be utilized from anywhere in the world as long as one has access to the internet or a telephone.

Is Teletherapy effective?

Yes. Teletherapy is an effective alternative to in-person therapy. Research has documented that teletherapy is as effective as in-person therapy.

Is Teletherapy for me?

Teletherapy is for anyone who is ready to receive support for an addiction or mental health issue. All treatment from Family Addiction Specialist begins with a phone consultation. This is followed by a more thorough assessment to confirm that Family Addiction Specialist is the right treatment option.

What should I expect during Teletherapy?

Teletherapy is a collaborative effort between the client and therapist to bring long-term relief from personal, interpersonal, and professional problems.

During teletherapy, you will receive practical help with issues such as the following:

  • Coping with negative emotions
  • Learning stress reduction strategies
  • Navigating family and relationship issues
  • Developing a sustainable recovery plan
  • Preventing relapse
  • Removing obstacles to recovery
  • Building a support network
  • Learning about the effect of addiction on the brain and body
  • Building self-esteem and self-confidence

The team at Family Addiction Specialist has extensive experience helping clients with divorce, parenting, co-parenting, and child custody issues surrounding addiction.

Will I receive specialized Teletherapy services?

At Family Addiction Specialist, all teletherapy services are always customized to meet the unique needs and challenges of each individual client. Teletherapy services start with a phone consultation. This is followed by a 90-minute assessment to ensure Family Addiction Specialist is the right treatment option and that the therapist and client are a good fit. Thereafter, the team at Family Addiction Specialist will create a customized treatment plan to help the client move forward in their life.

Do you offer substance abuse screening via Teletherapy?

Yes. Family Addiction Specialist partners with companies that provide virtual breathalyzing and urine/mouth swab pickup from your home.

What if I need psychotropic medications?

With Family Addiction Specialist’s teletherapy services, clients are also connected to our psychiatrist who also offers telepsychiatry and telemedicine. If medications are deemed beneficial, the psychiatrist will use online tools to prescribe them, and clients can pick up all prescriptions from their local pharmacy.

If you’re ready for teletherapy, please call Family Addiction Specialist to set up an initial assessment and talk about your goals and recovery needs.