Our “normal” lives have been paused for a little bit. Covid-19, novel Corona Virus, the pandemic, you’ve heard all these terms in the past few months or so. One of the policies, or good practices if you will, to help #flattenthecurve is called “social distancing”. Some articles say it’s best to keep a distance of two feet between yourself and the next person, other articles say three feet is best.
Experts on the spread of the virus say that social distancing is not only for those who have fallen ill with the virus or for those taking care of people who are sick. Even people who don’t feel sick right now might be carriers of the virus. Meaning that even though you might be feeling fine, you can still spread the virus onto someone else.
In an effort to help limit the spread of the virus, I, as have many other therapists all over the world, have decided to take my brick-and-mortar practice online. Hopefully this switch from face-to-face to laptop-to-laptop therapy is a temporary measure. Personally, I find that in-person therapy works best for me. However, this does not say anything about the efficacy of telehealth therapy. It might say more about my self-criticism when I watch myself talking life on my laptop screen.
Telehealth therapy has been around for more than 20 years, but seems to have increased momentum over the past few months. Several research studies have shown that online therapy is as effective as face-to-face therapy, and this has led to various CBT-based online programs to be created and globally used.
So what are some of the benefits of online therapy?
From the comfort of your own home. As long as you can plant yourself somewhere where you won’t be disturbed and you have privacy, you can sit anywhere you want. Place some pillows around you, have a box of tissues handy, and away you go (well not really, stay seated just like in an office therapy session, but you know what I mean).
Remotely accessible. Now that we are pretty much in lock-down mode, I have heard many people seeking the cozy surroundings of their cottage. No matter how remote your cottage is, if you have wifi or some sort of internet connection, we can keep working on our goals together while you overlook your cottage-lake, mountains or forest view.
No travel time. No more need to schedule in to-and-from driving time to the therapy office. Just make sure you are either behind a laptop or have access to your mobile phone by the time our virtual session starts.