"I sometimes offer the occasional Skype™ session…"
Is this you, or have you heard colleagues say this and wondered whether this is something you might do? Or perhaps you have questioned the process or felt uncomfortable with the idea?
Providing online synchronous therapy has become much more popular in recent times, as information technology has advanced. Many more of us are using Skype™, FaceTime™ and other apps in our private lives. Should we also consider offering these (or perhaps safer clinical equivalents) within our therapeutic interventions?
Therapists increasingly meet clients online in real time via webcam and instant message. Both approaches pose a variety of questions concerning suitability and efficacy. Working in real time in this way is often seen as most closely reflecting what happens when therapist and client meet in person in the therapist’s consulting room. However it is important also to contemplate the differences that may arise both for practitioners and clients when they are located at a distance, behind a screen. There is much evidence that clients seek the convenience of engaging with a therapist from home or work locations, and perhaps part of the therapist’s remit should be to ensure that their client has thought carefully about the pros and cons and that both parties enter this arena mindfully and with awareness.
Kate and Carole look forward to engaging in this exciting and contemporary debate.