Video Online Counselling & Therapy
I exist in two places, here and where you are – Margaret Artwood
Doubts about online video therapy?
Can talking about the deepest pain on a screen to someone who is hundreds of miles away? Absolutely yes!
And don’t just take my word for it. A study in 2016 by Thompson found that online counselling was just as effective as face to face therapy.
Moreover, since COVID, the world has seen an explosion in teletherapy as a result. In fact, about 30% of my clients are online.
Counselling on your terms
There’s nothing more satisfying (or indulgent!?) than working from home and attending a work meeting from the comfort of your own home wearing your pyjamas!
Covid-19 has of course radically changed how myself, and other mental health practitioners work with our clients.
In fact, many of our clients still prefer therapy over zoom due to its convenience, and ability to continue therapy if they’re out of town or have a busy week and need to skip the traffic.
Incidentally, my own practice has seen a dramatic reduction in cancellations. This is really encouraging, as consistency is critical in this work.
We’ve all missed appointments because of misplacing keys, or running late finding where to park, or just bad traffic. That alone is enough to make you want to go to therapy!
Another great benefit of online counselling and teletherapy is that it allows me to reach my clients from all corners of the world, Los Angeles, NYC, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and most recently Tahiti.
However many of my Melbourne clients (where I currently reside), also every now and then use online counselling due to its convenience.
Ready to take the online plunge?
Six tips you to get the most out of online counselling.
In order to make therapy effective online, you’ll need to make sure that you can create a therapeutic space that works:
- Good internet
- No distractions from outside world (kids, siblings, TV, locked door etc.) You need to feel 100% comfortable to completely be able to share and speak your mind. Some clients even bring their phone / laptop to their car
- Good camera placement (torso upwards, good lighting).
- Turn Do Not Disturb on your phone, tablets and smart watches.
- A comfortable chair, or couch
- Headphones are preferred