Coaching, counseling and psychotherapy sessions do not just have to take place in NYC anymore! With the increasingly popular Skype readily available to most clients, this is a new way for you to reach out for a therapy session. Many clients feel the sessions are less intimidating than the normal face-to-face sessions, and allow them to be in charge of the sessions while in the comfort of their own homes. Though avoidance is generally not an encouraged behavior, the purpose of therapy is to give clients the ability to better manage their own emotional wellness and to ultimately live a happier life. Thus if for practical or personal reasons a person feels better about having their therapy via Skype, it is a wonderful chance for what would otherwise have been a missed opportunity.
Skype therapy can be remarkably helpful. Even though the client and therapist may be thousands of miles apart, the therapeutic process can still take place and both parties feel like they are virtually in one another’s presence. This is something that has only become possible with the advent of faster internet connection and is on the rise.
Skype is accessible to download on its website. Not only is it easy to download, but it’s free. Most laptops come with a webcam and microphone built in, but if yours does not have that feature inexpensive webcams are available at most technology stores and online retailers.
The beauty of therapy sessions via Skype is that they can be conducted from anywhere in the world. All you need is internet access. Not only are online sessions great for those with demanding jobs and full schedules, but they are great for those who wish to receive therapy from professionals around the world. For instance, someone from Japan may wish to receive therapy from a reputable therapist in California. Online therapy makes this wish possible. The world has become much more connected in recent years through the use of technology. Online therapy sessions via Skype create endless opportunities for those interested in improving their mental and emotional wellness.
If you have a medical emergency please see a doctor. Skype therapy is not a substitute for the medical treatment of those with mental disorders.
Written by Niloo Dardashti, PsyD, HHP