Have you ever thought about doing therapy over Skype or FaceTime? These days, you don’t always to visit a therapist in person to get help. You can connect with your therapist by text, phone, or even video chat. I have clients who primarily visit me on-line and check-in in the office once every couple of months.
Web Therapy or Video Therapy (sometimes TeleMed or TeleHealth) is the name for conducting video counseling sessions over the internet. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this technology:
++ You don’t have to drive to the office -- you can participate in therapy with your computer, tablet, or smart phone, wherever you have access to high-speed internet.
++ You don’t have to get dressed, or even get out of bed – If you’re under the weather you can participate in a session from your home.
++ You don’t have to worry about someone seeing you at the therapist’s office.
++ Some therapists (like me) offer more flexible hours for Web Therapy than in-office therapy.
-- You must have an adequate internet connection and the electronics to support the video/audio, such as a smart phone, tablet, or computer.
-- On-line therapy is not the same as in person. You might not feel the same level of comfort as when you’re in the same room with your therapist. In particular, things like reading body language are not as easy.
-- It may not appropriate for some therapeutic situations (e.g. if you are in crisis).
-- You are at the mercy of the internet and that may mean that audio or video may be slow or periodically go away.
-- Anything on the internet can’t be guaranteed to be 100% confidential. I use a service called doxy.me (used also by medical doctors) which uses special encryption for privacy. It is HIPAA compliant.
Please contact me if you’re interested in finding out more about Web Therapy. I am licensed to conduct TeleHealth sessions with clients throughout California.