online vs. office sessions
Undoubtedly, COVID-19 expanded the accessibility of therapy, allowing
more people to receive services through secure Telehealth platforms. I offer clients therapy sessions both online via the HIPAA compliant platform Doxy, as well as in-person in my spacious and relaxing office. There are benefits and considerations with each option. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
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 travel, or should my office be located far from your home. No need to worry about the effectiveness of receiving EMDR virtually, as it has proven to be successful for many of my clients. The drawbacks may include difficulty accessing vulnerability, distractions during sessions, and a reduction in your privacy. Also, technology can be unreliable at times, resulting in disruptions to sessions.
Office: Most clients agree that in-person sessions provide a greater sense of rapport, safety and connection—creating a foundation for vulnerability and deep personal work. EMDR Therapy when conducted in the office setting allows multiple methods of receiving bilateral stimulation. With a commitment to individual and community health, both of us must wear a mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while in the office building and throughout the therapy session. However, while masks hide most facial expressions, we can still read one another's eyes and body language well. The client couch and therapist's chair are positioned eight feet apart. I sanitize all office surfaces between appointments and hand sanitizer is available for client use.