Like in-person psychotherapy, in remote psychotherapy, I will offer you a non-judgmental, safe, and confidential space to reflect on any emotional difficulties such as grief, anxiety, relationship difficulties, addiction or whatever feels important for you to focus on. The aim is that if in-person sessions are not possible because of time or location constraints, you can still find the support you need.
If you feel that online or phone psychotherapy is an option you may want to explore, you need to consider a few practicalities such as creating a safe space, as you won’t be in the consulting room. You also need to think about confidentiality, cyber-security, and technical issues.
You will be in your own environment when you have remote psychotherapy. It’s essential that this space feels private and safe and that you aren’t worried about being overheard. This might mean encouraging housemates or family members to go out during your session. Or you can also use headphones to reduce the risk of your conversation being overheard.
Confidentiality is essential for building a solid therapeutic relationship. Check the platform you will be using for your video calls to make sure it is safe. During sessions, you will need to turn off listening devices like virtual assistants Alexa and Siri.
Remote psychotherapy also requires planning for technical issues, such as ensuring your broadband connection is stable enough. You will also need to check if your device’s software is up to date ahead of your session, and close other windows or applications on your device. We will also plan what is to happen if the internet connection drops during the session (for example, we might continue the session on the phone).
Sessions last for 50 minutes and are held on a regular basis. This is usually discussed during our initial meeting.
Some people find it easier to be vulnerable in an online or phone psychotherapy session than they do in face-to-face therapy. If this is the case, you may notice that you can open up more on a video call or on the phone, and this can help you express your feelings and process them in a safe environment more readily.
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