Telehealth Resources For Psychotherapists

The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the adoption of telehealth in medicine and in psychotherapy. What are the best practices for telehealth in psychotherapy?

On Jan 15, 2021,  Dr. Reo Leslie, Ph.D., presented these resources for practicing teletherapy to a Town Hall meeting of the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists.




CAP plans for 2021 include:

  • Quarterly Town Hall Meetings — if you have a topic you want addressed, please contact Chair of CAP’s Education Committee:  Dr. Betty Cannon, Ex. Director, Boulder Psychotherapy Institute via Watch your email.
  • Monthly Education/Network Events —  discounted for CAP Members. Watch your email for invitations to attend education programs with popular speakers followed by networking opportunities to promote your practice.
  • Legislative Monitoring — If you have questions about how new administrative rules or legislation impacts your practice,  contact CAP Legislative Committee Chair, Dr. Reo Leslie at
  • Compiling the credentials of the 4,000+ unlicensed psychotherapists.  If you have not received a survey, contact CAP Board Member Seth Geer, LPC 

How to maintain a PRactice as an Unlicensed Psychotherapists Under the New Laws in Colorado

On July 14, 2020, the Governor of Colorado signed into law HB20-1206, a bill that impacts the right to practice by those previously titled Registered Psychotherapists who are now titled, Unlicensed Psychotherapists. 

  • Title Change: The title “Registered Psychotherapist” is changed to “Unlicensed Psychotherapist“. All Unlicensed Psychotherapists registered with DORA in Colorado need to update their Mandatory Disclosure Statement to indicate they are Unlicensed Psychotherapists.
  • Registration Closed: New registrations are prohibited in the DORA database for the title Unlicensed Psychotherapists (formerly Registered Psychotherapists.) Anyone who did not apply for or have current registration as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist in the DORA database as of July 14, 2020, cannot become one.
  • Lapsed Registrations: Unlike the past, there is no grace period for lapsed registrations, so plan ahead.
  • Grandfathering: Unlicensed Psychotherapists with current DORA registration can continue to practice psychotherapy provided your registration never lapses. 
  • Mandatory Disclosure Statement: The new Colorado statute requires Unlicensed Psychotherapists to replace the term “Registered Psychotherapist” with “Unlicensed Psychotherapist” in their Mandatory Disclosure Statement. Please update your forms ASAP. For information from DORA, the link to their website page for Unlicensed Psychotherapists here. [updated Aug 9, 2020]

CAP Membership Supports Your Right To Practice

CAP continues to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists in Colorado. CAP’s mission, ‘protecting the right to practice’ is more important now than ever. We suffered a major setback in HB20-1206 and must continue to fight for the right for Unlicensed Psychotherapists to continue practicing. The lobbyists for the organizations that lobbied successfully to close the registration for Unlicensed Psychotherapists are not satisfied. They have voiced an intent to eliminate Unlicensed Psychotherapists entirely in the next legislative session. CAP membership supports our legislative effort to protect the right to practice in order to maintain public access to diverse mental health professionals.

CAP uses membership dues to pay a professional lobbyist to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists. Our focus this coming session will be protecting the right to practice psychotherapy.

We believe in the public’s right to choose from a diversity of mental health treatment options. Please join CAP. Maintain your right to practice and help expand access to diverse mental health care during this pandemic not reduce and eliminate mental health services.

We will update this post as we learn more about the new law. Thanks for your continued support!



scam caller

You answer the phone with full belief that the voice on the other end of the line is someone who needs help. As mental health professionals that is your job, helping others so you listen with an open heart. Unfortunately, scam artists not only know that. They practice using your core principles against you. 


Recently, I learned that some therapists have been duped by scammers. It is certainly understandable because mental health professionals are eager to help. That is why they are in business. However, when someone tells you they don’t have money, you have a variety of options. You can offer a sliding scale or direct them to a church or non-profit agency. Some CAP members consistently offer services to the poor by working for low rates at non-profits. Some work for donations through churches. Another way to provide mental health services to those in need is to volunteer at agencies or prisons. 


As mental health professionals, we want to serve not to be scammed. A key tool we all use is questions. When your heartstrings are being pulled, stop, breathe and ask questions of yourself.  When a potential or current client wants you to pay for services, remember to ask yourself, “In a client-therapist relationship, who pays who for services?” Or you might ask yourself questions such as: “Why do I want to pay for xyz for this person?” “How does paying for their costs benefit our relationship?”  


Also, questions can help you discover a scammer and sometimes send the scam artist on his or her way. The caller attempting to bait me was not even calling for services. The man identified himself as being with the Social Security Administration and that because my Social Security number had been used inappropriately and I was going to have to pay fees. Before he told me how much I owed, I asked him where he worked. Speaking quickly and with what sounded like an Indian accent,  he gave me some title that included the term ‘officer’. I said to him in a calm voice, “So sorry, you did not understand my question. What is the address of the building where you work? I used to live in Washington, D.C.” He hung up on me. 


Another caller identified themselves with some state government agency and told me I was going to be arrested if I didn’t give them a bunch of information to clear up the matter.  I listened and then stated I certainly hoped they knew that impersonation of a government official, not to mention threatening someone, was a felony. During the silent pause, I asked, “Do you know the people engaged in such activities are the ones that go to prison?” As they attempted to challenge me, I kept asking for things such as their supervisor’s name and other items that I could verify. They hung up on me. 

The next call you get from someone asking for money, your bank account # or other personal information, set your emotions aside and ask a few questions. If real, you will learn valuable information that will enable you to assist a potential client. If a scam, you might be lucky enough that they will hang up on you.  


  –  Carol O’Dowd

Legal Considerations For Registered Psychotherapists

We wish to thank James Carr, Esq. for his decades’ long devotion to helping Colorado Registered Psychotherapists and Colorado Association of Psychotherapists with legal advice and wise counsel. This page is dedicated to Jim’s tips. Please visit  Carr Law Colorado for Jim’s contact information and more details about Jim’s law practice. 


During registration with the state, DORA requires submission of your Mandatory Statement. During your registration process and prior to submission, DORA lists the items to include, as well as required text that can be copy/pasted into your mandatory statement. You personalize your statement and then submit it to DORA to be included in their database. The submission process is guided and a fairly streamlined step of the registration process with the state.
Since the mental health professions now have a 7 year statute of limitations for complaints filed against them with DORA, based on the fact that we are required to keep records for 7 years and can dispose of them after that, it would make sense to include that fact on your mandatory statement, if you’d like to. 
CAP offers workshops for creating/personalizing your Mandatory Statement. Please contact for more details.

Check back regularly for updates to the mandatory disclosure recommendations.

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