As a researcher, I worked for many years in organisations where conducting research sessions online was essential part of my daily life. This experience in combination with additional online therapy training (EMDR Association, EMDR Academy, and other organisations) enables me to offer safe and secure remote psychotherapy & EMDR – which is a way to meet online via video conferencing and/or alternatively via telephone. Remote therapy is highly effective, however, it doesn’t work for everyone. Here are some questions to think about:
Can you safely attend your session without interruptions?
The key to effective online therapy is that you feel safe when we talk. Therefore it is very important that you can be alone without interruption during the 50 minutes we meet. Think of how you can comfortably attend the session. For example, holding your phone for 50 minutes video conference could cause some discomfort in your arms. Sitting at a desk with a laptop or an iPad in front of you might be more comfortable.
Do you have the technical set-up for video conferences?
For video calls you will need a good internet connection, a device (either laptop, phone or iPad) with a front video camera, microphone and sound. Your equipment shouldn’t be older than 5 years and needs the latest software updates. I work with Zoom which can be downloaded from the app stores or if you work on a laptop, it will download a web client. You also need a backup phone number, in case our connection breaks down.
Is remote psychotherapy or EMDR right for you?
And finally, remote therapy might not be right for you. If you are experiencing high levels of distress, it would be wiser to meet in person. Also some people may have issues with using technology. In these instances it is good to trust your instincts and to work face-to-face whenever possible. The EMDR Association has provided additional guidance and training in how to conduct sessions online and I am very familiar with delivering EMDR remotely.
What are the benefits of remote psychotherapy or EMDR?
Remote psychotherapy & EMDR have many benefits. Despite the misconception that it is less effective or not as good as face to face therapy, many clients experience profound shifts during remote psychotherapy & EMDR. Practical advantages are saving time to commute and being in the comfort of your own home.