office vs. online sessions
Undoubtedly, COVID has expanded the accessibility of mental health therapy,
allowing more people to receive mental health services through online platforms. I offer clients therapy sessions both in-person in my comfortable and spacious office, as well as online via the HIPAA compliant platform SimplePractice. There are benefits and considerations to weigh with each option and I'm happy to discuss both.
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. Plus, body language, facial expressions, and energy shifts are more easily read.
I'm vaccinated with three boosters. You are welcome to wear a mask if you wish, and I will respectfully do the same. Office seating is positioned at least six feet between client and clinician. I use an air sanitizer between appointments and hand sanitizer is available. I follow COVID regulations and changes when mandated.
Online: Teletherapy sessions are the best option if you wish to take extra precautions against COVID. It is also convenient during inclement weather, if you need to fit sessions into your lunch break, or should my office be inconveniently located for you. Virtual EMDR therapy has proven to be successful for most of my clients. The drawbacks may include difficulty being fully present, distractions during sessions, a reduction in your privacy, and potentially unreliable technology. Each individual's experience with Teletherapy varies.