I have always worked online, even before the pandemic. It was a small percentage of my work with clients who either lived in a different country or travelled very frequently.
Nowadays 90% of my work is based online and I am glad to come to the realisation that online therapy can be just as effective as in person.
This “new” way of doing therapy is now preferred by my clients as it allows them to save a lot of commute time and gives them the flexibility to continue working with me wherever they are.
Many people also feel safer to meet online due to Covid-19 still spreading. For some, it can be reassuring to have therapy in the comfort of their own homes.
Online therapy can be a useful tool for almost everyone. I would however discourage you to try it if you happen to have suicidal thoughts or if you suffer from psychosis or acute psychiatric disorders. You can ask me questions or share any concerns about this method during our first consultation.
How does it work?
Online therapy works just like in-person therapy. It’s indeed still possible to build a trusting therapeutic relationship between a therapist and a client.
You might wish to alternate between online and in person sessions, or perhaps meet in person at some stage of the therapy to actually get to know each other but then continue online if this is more convenient for you. Whatever your needs, we can find a way together.
The setting is the same, with a weekly 50 minute session (unless agreed differently). The same confidentiality rules apply.
I work with different platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime or Skype.
What do I need to do?
Your set-up is important.
First, choose a comfortable place where you know you won’t be disturbed and where you feel you have privacy.
Then kindly turn off any device other than the one you are using for the session; but also, turn off any notifications you may receive on the device you are actually using to avoid distractions. This is very important so that you can be fully present in the session. Check that you have enough light in the room and, if possible, use your headphones which will help reduce the echo. Last but not least, please make sure to frame your head and upper body so that I can see you properly and position your device so that it can be still.
Once you are all set up get something to drink and find your cozy seat for your session.