CBT via Zoom, Teams or Skype
Traditionally therapy has been delivered in a face to face setting. In these overly busy days and COVID times, where chatting over the internet is now the norm, therapy can also be delivered this way. At the current time all my sessions are delivered, mostly via Zoom or Teams, sometimes Skype too. Whatsapp, facebook messenger and Teams etc is such a normal and natural part of your life now. Therapy therefore will be as natural via zoom, teams or phone. Online therapy makes it really easy to have your session in your lunch hour at work, when you are travelling, working long hours, are on the move, live too far from my practice or simply prefer this method of communication. I have also found for clients that have an ever changing schedule where scheduled weekly appointment don't work this is can be a much more flexible approach as its easier to do therapy wherever you are. If you are a busy mum being able to do therapy from home can save you time as you don't have to allow extra travel and traffic time.
Feedback from my clients is they like the convenience, flexibility and being able to do therapy at home or work where they feel comfortable.
I would add that my experience is video therapy, with camera's turned on tend to work better than telephone. Most of our human communication is via body language, so it makes sense that with all that being lost on the phone, video is better.
Due to the current COVID situation I am currently only able to accept clients who would like sessions delivered digitally via Zoom, Microsoft teams or telephone. For all these options sessions can be delivered via your tablet, mobile phone or computer. Therapy has never been so convenient !! Zoom and teams are free apps that can be run on your mobile phone, tablet or pc. I would say that I find video sessions tend to have the best outcomes (and the research shows this also to be true) as we can see each other and can share documents etc together during the session, just like we would face to face.
For those who might feel sceptical about this I am happy to have our initial chat, to make sure I am the right therapist for you, (this is not a session) using video conferencing or skype so that you can find out if this would be right for you. You just need to allow 10-15 minutes for this and it does need to be pre-arranged so that I can set it up for you.
Contact me now to book a session or initial chat.
Does therapy via Skype or telephone work?
There is increasing evidence to show that therapy delivered via video (eg zoom or teams) or written word (eg email, typed sykpe) or telephone is as effective as face to face therapy. Telephone therapy has less efficacy.
Results have been shown to be just as good and in fact people tend to complete therapy more often as it suits their lifestyle. The NHS are now using telephone, written and video services for CBT therapy. I have included some research (there is loads more) below so you can have a look.
Why use internet based therapy?
You can access therapy from anywhere in the UK. From home or from work, or even from your car! if you live too far away from me, then this no longer is a problem.
It means you don't have to rush home from work or even take time off. You could have your session in your office via your phone or tablet or even your work PC. Increasingly employers encourage therapy to happen during and in work hours, it is, after all in their interests to have you at work and well.
There are some cases where I cannot see you, if you are not in the UK, but this would be discussed should this arise
CBT that works
based in the Highlands of Scotland, but within reach of wherever you are in the UK via zoom or teams
Jane Watkins, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for children, teenagers, young people & adults