As the New Year approaches, giving mental health a tune up is often on the list of resolutions. But whether you’re suffering from anxiety or looking for perspective on unresolved family issues, finding the perfect therapist or counselor is important.
New York native Frank Scott had been in therapy for 8 years before his therapist moved to Israel in 2004. At the time they decided to end their sessions; that is until Frank took a position in Israel in 2010. But then once again, two years later, distance became a deterrent when Frank’s therapist moved back to the U.S. Only this time they decided to keep their sessions going via Skype! “I have a habit of being perpetually 5 or 10 minutes late for in-person meetings, now that we are using Skype, I no longer have an excuse, because I am able log in from my desk,” says Frank. Another benefit, Frank’s therapist interacts with most of his clients via Skype allowing for greater flexibility when there is a last minute scheduling conflict. The biggest difference: “I notice the time.” Frank says. “I never wear a watch so before I would talk without a concept of time. Now I am able to glance at the clock on my computer to determine how much longer our session will last, it’s not distracting but I do notice.” On the downside Frank does experience the occasional connection issue, but feels that overall he is able to experience the same comfort and ease that he did with in-person meetings.
Another benefit to pursuing therapy online is that it broadens your options. Whereas in Frank’s case he had the opportunity to keep in touch with his therapists after he moved, others find a therapist or counselor outside of their region. For Collette Ellis, a New York based stress management coach and Principal of InStep Consulting; she’s had the opportunity to expand her clientele outside of her area. Colette has counseled clients as far away as Kenya! She believes, “Online coaching/therapy open up the possibility for clients to hire reputable (professionals) that meet their needs/goals regardless of where they live.” Just be sure to be as open as possible about establishing a schedule, routine and a shared comfort level using Skype!
Do Skype therapy sessions appeal to you?