Skype + Therapy = Rapid Change
January 30, 2016

Skype + Therapy = Rapid Change

Here’s Why I Believe Skype Is the Future of Therapy: If I ask you to visualise a therapy session, what do you instantly see? Maybe a Freudian-like figure rubbing his beard in his dusty room, answering questions with endless strings of questions, surrounded by his collection of untouched, old books? You’re not the only one.

Despite the fact that therapy has moved on in so many ways since Freud and his contemporaries invented talking therapies more than a century ago, it seems many of our preconceptions about what therapy is, how it works and what it can achieve are outdated.

But for those of us working to help clients from all walks of life make long-lasting changes everyday, these more traditional models have been rapidly shifting due to recent advancements in technology.

I believe it’s now time to further leverage technology to change the face of therapy on a wider scale and bring therapy well and truly into the digital age. Because although there have been some interesting applications of tele-therapy and video-therapy, only recently has technology like Skype become reliable enough to really mimic face-to-face interactions.

Not only that, but only recently has Skype become second nature to many of us. We now use it to conduct job interviews, catch up with colleagues everyday, teach people across the globe and just connect with friends and family who live far away.

It’s this blend of advanced tech and changing attitudes towards interacting via a computer screen that means it’s the perfect time to use Skype to bring therapy to those who need it most in a way that’s just as powerful and transformative as meeting people face-to-face.

Working as a therapist for the past seven years, I’ve recently noticed the huge benefits of using Skype to enable my clients to undergo rapid change from the comfort of their own homes or offices on a flexible schedule that suits their lifestyles the best.

So today I’m sharing the top five reasons why I believe Skype is the future of delivering rapid and dynamic change to everyone who needs it.

1. It takes place in real-time. This means you can contact a therapist and get booked in for a session much quicker than you could with a more traditional therapy practice set-up, which are often notorious for leaving clients waiting weeks or even months for an appointment.

This means that responses and reactive treatments can also be quicker than ever before. As a Skype therapist, it’s exciting for me to be able to catch my clients during moments of high emotional arousal.

Let’s say for instance, if a client feels a panic attack is imminent (or actually happening). They can contact me in real-time and receive support within minutes or hours. This enables me to provide them with the tools and strategies they need to navigate back to neutral. Rather than a more traditional approach, which would mean suffering through problems and then speaking about emotions and feelings retrospectively when you finally get to see your therapist for a session.

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