Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, health and safety has become a primary concern for most of us. I have therefore decided that for the sake of my clients- and my own safety, I am switching to tele-therapy instead of face-to-face sessions.
Simply put, tele-therapy or online therapy is having a therapeutic session via an online platform such as Zoom or Skype. Most clients are initially resistant or skeptical about tele-therapy, however research indicates that tele-therapy is just as effective as in-person or face-to-face counselling. In fact there are a few benefits to tele-therapy:
- Travelling is eliminated, as you don’t have to travel to your therapist.
- Tele-therapy can be more convenient as therapy can take place in any private space that you feel comfortable with.
- Often clients seeking therapy will be concerned about their privacy. In other words who might see them entering the therapist’s office, or who might they bump into in the waiting room. With tele-therapy this is no longer a concern.
If you feel comfortable with the idea of tele-therapy and would like to try it, here are some tips:
- Make sure the space you choose is private. Therapy can only be effective if the client feels comfortable enough to share their feelings with the therapist, therefore privacy is essential.
- Make sure the space you choose is comfortable. Sit in a comfortable chair, couch, bed, etc. Have items such as water and tissues close by. Therapy can sometimes be an intense experience.
- Make sure you have a stable internet connecting and that you equipment works.
- If you are hesitant about tele-therapy, consider having an initial audio session. Once you are more comfortable with audio move on to video.
For more information on tele-therapy, please feel free to contact me.