Having therapy-sessions over video is a growing phenomenon, and recent research has shown that the effectiveness can be as good as conventional face-to-face therapy for many patients. Additionally, online sessions have many other advantages: it can lower the threshold for reaching out, and you don't have to spend time and resources commuting to and from the office, making it accessible from anywhere in the world. It's also an option if you're not feeling well enough to risk infecting others with infectious disease but are well enough for therapy. Some of my patients who live a distance from Sandvika use exclusively video therapy, and we find that it works very well.
What do you need to get started?
I use the video-conference system "Zoom", in which all you need is a regular mobile phone, tablet, or laptop and stable internet access. It is a secure video meeting service that meets GDPR requirements, and you don't need to register or download software, just open the link I send you and choose "open in browser". Here are some tips to make the most out of it:
- Preferably use a laptop or tablet that can be set up in front of you on a table, and sit a meter or so away so I can see your face, upper body, and arms.
- Try to position the laptop so that when you look at me on the screen, you are looking straight ahead; this is the closest we can get to simulate eye contact and allows me to observe your body language through your gaze. It may help to place some books under the laptop to raise it a bit higher.
- You can test the image, sound, and microphone before the meeting starts.
- If the conversation is hindered due to poor internet on my end, I will refund an amount corresponding to the time you lost. If it's your internet connection that fails, you still have to pay the full price for the agreed-upon time."