Telepsychiatry Specialist

Jacobi Care

Matthew A. Jacobs, DO

Psychiatry & Virtual Reality Psychiatry located in Palo Alto, CA

Accessing your therapist using a secure video link offers many benefits when you're suffering from a mental health problem. Board-certified psychiatrist Matthew Jacobs, DO, of Jacobi Care in Palo Alto, California, offers online telepsychiatry consultations for patients with a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Find out how you can get first-class psychiatric treatment without leaving your home. Call Jacobi Care today or book an appointment online.

Telepsychiatry Q&A

What is telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is a convenient way of accessing psychiatric treatment without having to visit the practice in person. Dr. Jacobs uses videoconferencing technology that works in the same way as apps you may use already, like Skype and Zoom.

Telepsychiatry provides a one-to-one link between you and Dr. Jacobs, which means conducting your consultation remotely on your laptop or tablet is just like a face-to-face meeting.

Dr. Jacobs provides a comprehensive range of psychiatric services, treating conditions like:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-concussion syndrome

He also offers medication management and can prescribe any medications you require electronically.

What benefits does telepsychiatry offer?

Telepsychiatry has several significant benefits for patients:


Telepsychiatry is a much more convenient method of accessing mental health services, making them readily accessible to everyone.

For instance, you might live far away and driving into the city takes a big chunk out of your day, or you don't have easy access to public transport. You also avoid the hassles of traffic and parking.

Saves time

Getting time off work or out of the house can often be a challenge, especially for people who have families and busy lives — which is true of so many people today. Telepsychiatry doesn’t take up so much of your time as an in-person visit.

Less stress

Many serious mental health conditions affect your ability to function normally, making everything a struggle. The idea of leaving your home and traveling to an in-person consultation could be too stressful to entertain. With telepsychiatry, you don't have to go through such an ordeal.

Is telepsychiatry secure?

When you're going to talk about your health, it's understandable that you want to know the videoconferencing service you're using is secure from eavesdroppers and hackers.

Dr. Jacobs uses technology that conforms to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which ensures your privacy.

Every other aspect of your consultation is exactly the same as an in-person visit, with restricted access to your records and a guarantee of patient confidentiality.

If you want to know more about telepsychiatry and how it could help you with your mental health, call Jacobi Care today or book an appointment online.