I have been using online therapy in my clinic for many years. I have worked with people from around the world, recently California and New Zealand, so getting the timings right is sometimes tricky!
I now see all my clients using Zoom or Skype, due to the present restrictions. It looks like this may continue for many months so it is important to get used to this way of delivering effective therapy.
The simple answer is yes. All the research shows that treating someone via video can be just as effective as face to face therapy. Many people are already used to using this type of communication socially and at work, though some of us need a bit of updating on how to use it properly
Previously I used online therapy with people who were unable to get to the clinic as they were too far away or because their anxiety prevented them from going out. Now of course we are all staying in so online therapy is useful for everyone.
How it works
I prefer to use Zoom to deliver online therapy. The video quality is good so we can see each other clearly. It is very secure and easy to use. It also enables me to show the whiteboard I use to explain the CBT process to you. You can also record the session to play back to yourself later. Please look at this guide to getting started from Zoom. You will be sent an invoice for each session which can be paid via bacs or Stripe.
It important to prepare for the session. Find a quiet space where you know you wont be disturbed. Have a notepad and pen ready. Check the wifi signal is good. Make sure your phone/tablet /laptop are fully charged so they don’t run out halfway through the session!
I also suggest you take a bit of time before the session to think of what you want to focus on or get from the session. It is good to have an agenda so nothing gets missed.
If you do not want to use video that is fine. A few of my clients prefer to just use the phone. This can work very well. It important to take notes if this is the case. I will send you any notes or diagrams that I make during these sessions.
Make an Appointment
Please call 01618345888
Email me at: david @manchestercbt.co.uk
Go to https://www.manchestercbtclinic.com/appointment.html