The prevailing epidemic makes traditional meetings in the therapy room risky. The vast majority of therapists, with full understanding on the part of patients, give up this form of contact for a while. Stay tuned to know more.
It is not an easy decision, because it puts us in front of a typical conflict of desire-striving: on the one hand, we want to maintain the most accessible form of contact, which is a face-to-face meeting, and on the other hand, to ensure maximum safety for ourselves and the patient. against the virus.
The decision to suspend visits to the office definitely facilitates the availability of the solution, which is to continue online therapy, via applications such as Skype. However, a large proportion of patients remain skeptical about this solution. The common reasons for this are:
- lack of faith in the effectiveness of online therapy,
- aversion to using a webcam,
- unfamiliarity with Skype,
- lack of conditions in the apartment enabling the session to be conducted (lack of peace, intimacy).
If you are struggling with similar dilemmas, consider the following:
- Online therapy was not invented for the current crisis. This form has been used by psychotherapists for years, and the first research on its effectiveness took place in the 1990s. Researchers agree that many of the techniques used in in-office cognitive behavioral therapy are equally effective in online therapy. This form of contact during the epidemic is recommended by leading mental health institutions, including the Polish Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.
- You started therapy in the office for specific reasons. It was certainly not an easy decision, and it took a lot of effort for you to get involved in this difficult process. Remember that the epidemic did not bring you to the angle of difficulties and dilemmas with which you came / came to the therapy.
They are still out there somewhere, and the stress of the epidemic and the need to stay in isolation favors their development rather than extinction. By suspending treatment during the plague, you run the risk of falling back to square one. It is a waste of your time and work.
- Just because you are not used to using Skype does not mean that it is scary or strange. Take the first step. Install the application on your computer or phone. Turn on the webcam. See yourself in it. Wave to yourself, make a funny face. It’s nothing terrible, is it? You think talking to someone on your webcam will be weird?
Where to look: at the camera or at the other person on the screen? Do not hesitate, just make a trial connection with someone close, trusted. While talking, check the camera and microphone settings, review the options, and adjust everything so that you feel comfortable. Get in touch with friends this way, practice. Habituation is the key to success. 🙂
- Therapy is as important as work or study. If you are able to provide yourself with the conditions to work or study from home, you will probably be able to organize a therapy session as well. Talk to the household members.
Explain to them that contact with a therapist is important to you and has a positive effect on your well-being. Tell them you need an hour of peace and – above all – intimacy. There is a good chance that they will adapt their behavior to your needs.
If you still have doubts, you can always contact the therapist to discuss them and even make a trial call. After all, this is your therapist. You know him and you know he can be trusted.
However, if you decide to stick to your decision to suspend your participation in therapy for a while, remember that you can always take care of your mental well-being in the following way:
- working on your own with the textbook and / or carrying out the tasks you received at previous meetings,
- by performing relaxation training (audio materials can be found, among others, on our website, in the “Download” tab),
- maintaining physical activity,
- maintaining contacts with loved ones (by phone, internet),
- isolating yourself from information noise,
doing everything that you like and that you do not necessarily have time for every day.