online vs. office sessions
Undoubtedly, the pandemic has expanded the accessibility of therapy,
allowing more people to receive services through Telehealth platforms. I offer clients therapy sessions both in-person in my spacious and serene office, as well as online via the HIPAA compliant platform Doxy.
There are benefits and considerations to weigh with each option.
Office: Most clients agree that in-person sessions provide a greater sense of rapport, safety and connection—creating a foundation for deep personal work and healing. EMDR Therapy, when conducted in the office setting, allows multiple methods of receiving bilateral stimulation and ensures privacy to enable comfort with uncharted vulnerability.
I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are also fully vaccinated, the session may be conducted without wearing masks. Otherwise, both of us must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while in session. Seating is positioned eight feet apart, I sanitize office surfaces between appointments, and hand sanitizer is available for client use.
Telehealth: Online sessions are the best option if you wish to take extra precautions against COVID-19. It is also convenient should you need to squeeze sessions into your lunch break, when inclement weather impedes road travel, or should my office be located far from your home. Virtual EMDR virtually has proven to be successful for many of my clients. The drawbacks may include difficulty accessing emotions, distractions during sessions, a reduction in your privacy, and potentially unreliable technology.