In normal circumstances, many people choose to meet in person with a therapist (face-to-face therapy.)
The government advice to maintain 'social distance' of more than 2 meters and to avoid meeting in enclosed spaces means that meeting remotely is the most appropriate option for the time being.
Until now I offered telephone or online video for existing clients as a back up in the event of extreme weather, transport, childcare issues, business travel etc. However, some people chose to meet exclusively online because they lived in a remote place and/or travelled extensively with their work, or for other reasons.
It is important for us to explore the role that working remotely may play in your therapy.
Working remotely requires additional planning and consideration including what to do in the event of technical issues or crisis.
We need to make sure from the outset that working remotely will be right for you; that you will feel comfortable meeting via technology in this way. Working remotely may not be appropriate for everyone, for example, those who are in crisis or very vulnerable when we begin to work together.
It is useful where possible to arrange sessions for a regular day and time.
It is in your interests to make sure you choose somewhere private and comfortable, where you will not be disturbed for the duration of our sessions which are normally 50 minutes. With many people 'self isolating' at home along with family members, privacy can be an issue, But we can discuss ways for you to be able to access wifi and privacy although the house may be busy.
If you would like to explore having therapy remotely, please get in touch so we can find out how this would work for you.
Working remotely can ensure that we will be able to meet regularly and can help to establish a safe therapeutic relationship in a way that may not be possible otherwise.