Welcome to the first week of my introduction to online therapy – four-week series. This week we will begin to explore online therapy and the different formats through which it can be provided (video conferencing/telephone/instant-messaging/email).
What is online therapy?
Online therapy is therapy delivered at a distance, from the comfort of your own home or office, through the use of the internet or telephone. I provide online psychological therapy in a range of different formats: videoconferencing therapy, telephone therapy, instant messaging therapy and email therapy. As with in-person therapy, It can be used to help with a range of different emotional problems, such as depression, anxiety, loss, relationship difficulties, interpersonal problems, to name but a few. I integrate a range of different psychological therapies, enabling us to work together to tailor treatment to meet your individual needs. Central to any work I do with my clients, whether in-person or online, is the provision of a space through which they can feel comfortable, contained and at ease.
Videoconferencing therapy is the format of online therapy most similar to attending in-person therapy. Instead of having to travel to a therapist’s office, you can get comfortable in your own home/office/or on the road, with a cuppa and even in your PJ's, if you like. We will be able to see and hear one another, talk through whatever is troubling you, and think together about how we can help you become more content and centred. Videoconferencing therapy can be perfect for people who are looking for a similar interaction to in-person therapy, but with more convenience and flexibility. Perhaps you have a busy lifestyle, a busy job, and/or children or other caring responsibilities; find it difficult to leave the house due to a physical or psychological health difficulty; want to save the money/time of having to travel to a clinic to see a therapist; or are looking to see somebody in the evenings or over the weekend. Videoconferencing therapy in addition to my service being provided during evenings and weekends, help people overcome barriers to seeking the help they need.
Some people choose a, perhaps, more familiar type of communication method, the telephone, over a videoconferencing to engage in therapy. You may be looking for a space where you can communicate with me verbally, but either does not feel confident in using the technology required for videoconferencing therapy, or would just prefer to communicate verbally, rather than also being able to see one another. It does mean that some of the visual cues that can be picked up during videoconferencing therapy may be missed, but for many it also provides a space where they may feel more comfortable and at ease being able to be heard by their therapist, but not seen. It enables you to access psychological therapy at a time and place that suits you, without the need to worry about the more technical aspects of videoconferencing, if this is something you're not familiar with. If it is something that you would like to try, but have not yet used, therapy can always progress from telephone therapy to videoconferencing therapy if you would like. I would take the time to talk you through the steps of doing this, to make it as simple as possible.
Instant messaging therapy
Instant messaging therapy allows you to communicate with me through text using instant messaging, identify your difficulties and explore ways to help you move forward with life. This can be great if you are: not quite ready to share some of your thoughts with somebody face-to-face; a more visual person when communicating and like the written word; find it difficult to communicate verbally; or like the idea of being able to reflect back through what we have talked about during our session. You will be able to save and keep transcripts of what we have spoken about, if you would like, enabling you to read through them again at a later stage, continuing to think more about what is going on for you in your own time. Instant messaging therapy also has all of the benefits listed above; including being able to access psychological help at a time and place that suits you. Perhaps you are looking for an evening appointment, after the kids have gone to bed, or even to talk with me over the weekend, if that is a time in your life which is a little quieter.
It is well-known that writing can be therapeutic. From a young age, we are often encouraged to keep a journal, write down our thoughts and feelings. Over the years I have also integrated therapeutic writing into my in-person psychological therapy session with my clients. There are so many ways that the written word could be used to help us process our thoughts and feelings. Email therapy is a perfect opportunity to bring this another step further. If you are the type of person who finds writing therapeutic, or would like to try this way of working, email therapy might be for you. Simply begin this journey by writing an email to me, describing a little bit about what has been going on for you, writing whatever comes to your mind. Within 72 hours, you will receive a reflective email from me thinking about your situation from a variety of therapeutic angles to help us work together to make sense of whatever difficulties you are having. Some people choose to write a one-off email, to help them consider a specific issue. Others purchase a package of email therapy sessions, enabling us to write back and forth, using therapeutic writing and discussions to help you move forward with your life. You will also have the ability to read through our email interactions any time you want, both now and in the future.
Make sure you check in next week, for my second in a four-week series of newsletters introducing online therapy and the services I provide.
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