The therapeutic relationship is characterized by you sharing intimate thoughts, beliefs, and emotions regarding the issue(s) you need help with. As such, I must provide a safe, open, and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can be at ease. Typically, that was done in a physical setting conducive to those goals, both in terms of your physical comfort and by sharing the same physical space with you.
COVID changed the rules, not just for therapists like me, but for other businesses from gyms to restaurants also had to adapt. To ensure my clients continued to receive the support they needed, I deployed an online therapy platform.
Online therapy was not the norm before COVID for most therapists or their clients. However, an interesting thing happened as we all adapted and got comfortable with the technology. It works. Does it, or will it replace face-to-face visits in an office setting? No, but it has been working far better for my clients than they (or I) would have expected. That is why I will continue to offer online therapy as an option moving forward, even after COVID.
Flexibility and Convenience
Comfortable and Safe
Verbal and Non-Verbal Cues
Online Therapy and Covid
COVID didn’t just make online therapy necessary for social distancing concerns. As we all adjusted to that, COVID created a new set of challenges that added stress to our lives and strained our relationships when we most needed them.
- Couples have become co-workers and office-mates at home. New physical space for home offices had to be carved out, often at the expense of needed personal space.
- Home offices are new to many, and so have been their challenges, such as:
- No boundaries
- Isolation from co-workers
- Time management and motivation
- Frequent distractions
- Inadequate work set-up
- Work taking over your life
- Daily routines shattered, altered or reshuffled
- Parental duties to sort out and handle differently
- More stress, greater worries, less sleep, and higher uncertainty
- Financial burdens and job loss concerns
- No warning. No chance to prepare for these new challenges and the overload they create.
The hopeful news is that there are good reasons for the stress and anxiety you are experiencing in your personal life and as a couple. This is where therapy can be the most helpful. There’s not a lot of guesswork why you’re having issues and challenges and feeling the way you do. You need a supportive environment where you are heard and validated.
As a team, we can navigate these waters together and find solutions that will make a difference, and give you more strength and energy to tackle these challenges.