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Question about Tele-therapy

Prince of Cinders

Prince of Cinders

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I've been talking to a few people who recommend that I look into therapy via Facetime/Skype/Online rather than doing something in person (which isn't available yet because of all the Covid nonsense).

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to discuss their experiences (in a general sense) with doing this? Has it helped or is doing something in person more effective? Any drawbacks to doing it one way or the other?

Thanks.
 
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I have been having therapy on the phone. I have found it to be so much better. I do not have to worry about keeping calm to be able to get home afterwards. I am more comfortable as I am at home. I do not need to worry about what going outside. To me it is so much better.
 
JessisMe

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I have been doing therapy over the phone from home as well. I LOVE IT and find it so much better than therapy in person mostly because I feel free to discuss more delicate subjects without feeling the shame of having to sit there waiting for someone’s judgement. I also don’t have to make transportation arrangements to therapy appointments and can be in the comfort of my own for them. I think even after Covid precautionary measures end I am going to still keep up with the teletherapy. I has have gotten used to it and there are just too many plusses for me. xo, j
 
Bizzarebitrary

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Many benefits, some drawbacks. I attend therapy using secure video connection on my computer.

Cannot beat the convenience of telehealth; no travel no waiting room...
...but occasional technology issues arise on either end.

I don't have to groom, wear my going-out clothes...
...but my therapist will see me unshaven, wearing t-shirt and ask about my self care.

Seeing my therapist in her home is a sort of self-disclosure that allows me to see her as a person as well as a professional; seems to enhance or deepen the therapeutic relationship...
...but she also sees my cluttered room, a tiny window into how I live and I get embarrassed, anxious she's judging me (and we talk about that).

If I were low-functioning like I was some years ago, I would miss office appointments. They motivated me to get out of the house. But now I get out everyday.

I hope some of this self-reflection is helpful to you.
 
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