Online therapy is an increasingly popular option for sessions. I’m experienced in conducting sessions via telephone and video conference (Skype, Zoom and FaceTime) and have sufficiently fast internet speeds and computer to host high-quality online therapy sessions.
There are a range of benefits, and some drawbacks, to online therapy, so assessing if it’s right for you is important.
the benefits of online therapy
Online therapy is incredibly convenient. There is no travel time; you can do it in the comfort of your own home or the convenience of where ever you are.
The world is your oyster if you are open to online therapy; you can work with anyone in the world. This is particularly good if you live in a country where you don’t speak the native language fluently. Doing therapy online means you can access therapists in your native language.
It’s also a great option for people who travel a lot but don’t want to interrupt their therapy work while they’re away from home. All you need is a good internet connection, some headphones and a private space and you can see your therapist from anywhere.
It’s also great for people who find leaving the house difficult for physical or psychological reasons.
THE DRAWBACKS OF ONLINE THERAPY
The most important working force in therapy is therapeutic relationship. Being toghether in the same space, face to face, gives a way for whole spectrum of experiences such as whole body language, distance (being to close, to far, facing each other).
If you’re uncomfortable with technology or are highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields, online therapy may not be a good option for you.
There are some technical requirements needed for online therapy. You need a good internet connection, a fast device (could be computer, tablet or phone, but it needs to work well), and headphones. A lot of people already have access to all this, but for those who don’t, online therapy is not an option.
While the travel time to and from face to face therapy can feel like a waste of time, many people report they use the time as a reflective space to think about what they want to talk about in the session on the way there, then to reflect on the session on the way back. When you do online therapy you would ideally schedule 15-30 minutes either side of the session to plan and reflect.
Sometimes the technology fails. Even when both the client and therapist have all the right technology, call quality can be variable and call drop outs can happen. In our experience it’s an issue 2-3% of the time, so not a huge problem, but clients need to be aware that even if the call quality is low, or the connection drops out regularly, they still have to pay the full session fees.
Some more physical based therapy interventions are harder to do via online therapy.
Some people just really like the therapist’s office and having a special space in which to do their deep inner work.
when to work
Therapy can be helpful when you feel stuck and your everyday ways of dealing with life difficulties don’t work anymore, and when problems are consuming lots of your time and energy, and your relationships and work are impacted.
Therapy is also recommended when you want to learn more about yourself to support your personal growth, particularly in life transitions like marriage, becoming a parent, mid-life, old age.
Therapy is a place to develop new skills, leaving your comfort zone but staying in touch with your nature.
how LONG DOES IT TAKE
Therapy can vary from a one-off consultation to regular sessions over a few months or years. It depends of the nature of the issue, personal circumstances and therapy goals.
In the first session we clarify both the time frame, and what you want to work with.
how it helps
Inviting a therapist to actively witness you and your life problems is already a changing factor. The therapeutic relationship is a space and time to focus awareness on you, your internal life, the way you relate to others and to the world.
how do i work
My approach is called process oriented psychology. I follow feedback signals from my clients to deliver therapy interventions that are personalised and respond to the momentary situation. My work is mostly based in present-life issues but I work with past or anticipated future issues if it is helpful for the client.
booking a session
To book a therapy session use the form at the bottom of this page. If you prefer to make an appointment by phone, use the form below and provide your phone number and I will call you to set a time and date, or just text or call me directly.
fees and fine print
Please visit the Fees And Fine Print page to learn about prices, cancellations and confidentiality. If you have further questions you are welcome to contact me. The contact form is on the bottom of this page or you can go to the Contact Page.
If you want to discuss before deciding, book a 15-min free phone consult.