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The new world of virtual Therapy

 

 

 

Like many of you, I’ve suddenly found myself working from home.  Stress levels are high as we contend with our new normal.  The safety of seeing clients in my medical office building is abruptly and unexpectedly filled with uncertainly.  Suddenly doorknobs, hands extended in greeting, elevator call buttons, even the air around us are met with suspicion.  Standing near someone who clears their throat takes on new meaning. Public life is changing in response to COVID-19.  At this moment, most of us are still reeling in shock, frantically trying to interpret the implications of the drastic changes suggested by government officials and medical practitioners alike.  Maintaining physical distance from our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and strangers is becoming the new normal.  In light of these changes, what’s to come of Therapy?

Of course, therapists may screen people on the phone to make sure both feel that online work is likely to be a good fit.  A few tips to get you started:

  • Expect some connection challenges in the first session or two.  Sometimes you need to figure out where you get the best reception to maintain an hour-long video call, or experiment with different web browsers.
  • Give yourself a few moments of quiet time before your session, just as if you were sitting in a waiting room.  Otherwise, you will feel too distracted trying to make the mental leap from life into therapy.
  • Create a routine for yourself just as you would in a therapist’s office.  Make that cup of tea before you begin, and sit in the same location.  Take a few moments at the end of your session to consider what you learned.  Resisting the temptation to jump right back into life will help you solidify your gains.

Change is difficult for all of us and changing the way you meet with your therapist is no exception.  But try it before you disregard this option.  This is a challenging moment in time, and fears and anxieties are running high.  Just remember that we are all in this together and that in due time, we will get through this.

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