The psychologist's offices are now closed. Online therapy is a necessary solution to both consider infection control, maintain the treatment offer and keep the wheels turning. And it offers opportunities.
Fortunately, both research and our experience show that video therapy both feels and is just as good - once you give it a try. The time for adjustment and testing of this possibility is now.
For natural skepticism of such use of technology has been widespread among both clients and therapists, although generational differences exist.
The pandemic has become the breaking point for conservative psychologists to take the research results seriously and test the possibilities and limitations of online therapy themselves.
Our experience with online therapy
We have experienced what research has said for 15 years. And the younger generation has always known - how good the quality of the contact through the screen can actually be.
The transition to video therapy has exceeded all expectations. We see that we get a good job done and the clients have been satisfied. So far everyone wanted to continue the process via video.
This is how we do it now
In all likelihood, you will also get good help from online video therapy. Missing the opportunity based on assumptions rather than experience would be a shame.
It is also good with all the wheels we together manage to keep going. The collaboration on your inner work can begin and continue while much else stops.
The routine is therefore that we maintain existing agreements and try out the video format. Initial consultations for new clients will also take place via video. The most rational thing is to give it a try. Besides, it's sporty.
If the trial lesson should show that it actually does not work for you, we add then the therapy process on ice and awaiting better times, whenever they may come.
Online therapy is simple: click - log in - start.
If you already have an appointment, you do not need to do anything. Before the class, just log in with your name and telephone number via the link to our video solution which you have received by email.
The psychologist is automatically notified if you are ready and meet you at the agreed time.
Payment is currently made through Vipps at the end of the class. No software download required. All you need is a mobile phone, pad or laptop and an undisturbed place with ok internet.
We see that the corona situation can make it especially demanding for couples with children to attend classes now in these closed days. It can also be demanding for couples at work to find a common, undisturbed place.
We can arrange meetings at a time when you are both at home, for example early or late in the day. We can also arrange meetings for each of you for a period, if it is easier to arrange.
Is online therapy confidential enough?
We give high priority to privacy and use the proven platform Confrere for our video calls, which are widespread in the health care system, among other places.
Conferences are end-to-end encrypted, as defined in the Standard for Information Security in the Health and Care Sector. This means that it is also GDPR approved.
This means that no one can see / access what is happening inside the conversation - it is only between you and the psychologist. The call will not be saved either.
Opportunities and limitations of online therapy
There are obvious opportunities in lowering thresholds, increasing accessibility and flexibility as well as saving time. The biggest element of uncertainty has been whether the screen creates an artificial distance and hence limits benefits.
Being skeptical of online therapy is hardly in line with opposition to v-style and fiberglass skis. Some of the more vulnerable will probably still need to meet in the same room, especially initially.
But research shows that for most people, online therapy works just as well, also for so-called emotion-focused and intensive therapies that both our individual and couple therapists use.
In addition to the practical benefits, regulating the distance to the screen and camera can also contribute to regulating the proximity of the contact - which, among other things, opens up for relevant therapeutic exposure where such topics are relevant.
Online therapy also has a number of other benefits and perhaps even the quarantine period can be particularly suitable for strengthening one's own mental health and the relationship.
Online therapy - a necessary transition
Unfortunately, the situation with closed psychologist offices seems to persist for a while. But no crisis without opportunities.
All over the world, over a low shoe, clients and their therapists are now entering a new digital landscape together. Which quickly turns out to be surprisingly familiar.
We look forward to sharing the experience with you. No matter what it turns out to be.