The advice to stay at home during the Coronavirius pandemic presents an obvious challenge to those in need of therapy. However in common with many other therapists I offer online sessions for all the issues I treat via skype.
I can understand that some people may have reservations about participating in online therapy but there is strong scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of online therapy.
A review of the research studies investigating online health consultations published this year points to the efficacy of online consultations and the effective delivery of therapy for a wide range of conditions. The review notes that online treatment was well-accepted by patients, as it simulated in-person, face-to-face consultation.
A 2018 review of 53 research studies investigating online psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety and depression disorders concluded online delivery of therapy is effective, acceptable and practical health care. A review of online therapy for depression that evaluated studies involving a total of 429 individuals concluded that it is just as effective as face to face therapy.
Psychotherapists also report that sessions using skype are effective and that clients are sometimes more relaxed and appear to speak more openly via skype than in face to face sessions – perhaps as a consequence of being in the comfort of their own home rather than in a consulting room.
My own experience with using skype for treating people for a whole range of conditions (including ARFID) has been very positive – both for me and my clients. I have successfully treated many clients – both adults and children – using skype and would encourage those seeking treatment to consider online sessions as a perfect substitute for face to face sessions.