22 Mar Benefits of Online Couples Therapy
With more people finding it necessary to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re anticipating an increase in online couples therapy. Spending an unprecedented amount of time at home with your partner and family, certain issues may become more evident than before.
Couples Therapy Melbourne psychologist and co-director, Emma Cholakians, was quoted in this ABC News article stating that, “People might be sharing jokes on social media about how the pandemic might lead to a mini “baby boom”, but many couples will experience a loss of libido”.
Adjusting to this temporary new reality, we’re offering online therapy via video sessions with both couples and individuals, continuing to support and care for you and your relationships. Having run hundreds of online sessions previously, we can say that they are still just as effective and therapeutic as face-to-face.
Here are a few benefits of online therapy:
- You’ll save time and money with zero commute, which also means you’ll be doing your bit to help the environment
- You’ll be able to stay in the comfort of your own home and can make yourself a cuppa to have ready. Feel free to wear whatever makes you most comfortable (even your pyjamas – no judgement here!)
- If you have children that are old enough to be unattended for an hour, you won’t have the extra cost of finding a babysitter. If you have younger children, sessions can be scheduled during their nap times or after bed time.
- If you’re a household with a pet or two, opt to have them close by, as research shows connecting with animals eases anxiety.
- While online sessions are convenient, we’ve also made them more affordable at a rate of $110
To ensure you’re able to make the most of online counselling, we’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind.
The therapeutic space
Consider your location when having your online session so that it feels comfortable, safe, and quiet. Try to think about what you will need at the time of your scheduled online appointment; this may include a cup of tea or water, a comfortable chair, and a box of tissues. It may also be helpful to be in the same location for each online session, to give you a sense of consistency and familiarity, as occurs in our consulting rooms. If you are preparing for a couple’s session, make sure you sit side by side on a sofa or have your individual chairs set close together, then set up your computer screen so that both of you are visible on the screen at the same time.
Safety and privacy
To maintain your confidentiality, consider booking an online therapy session at a time where there is limited opportunity for interruptions. Please note that for safety reasons, your therapist will ask you to provide your address at the commencement of each online session.
We encourage you to avoid multi-tasking whilst engaging in your online therapy session. Therapy requires concentration, and anything that detracts from this, such as driving or checking your mobile, is discouraged.
Consider what prior arrangements and preparations you need for your therapy session. Ensure that you have sufficiently charged your phone or laptop, and have an appropriate WiFi connection, or sufficient data on your device.
Specific details about the sessions
All therapists at Couples Therapy Melbourne use secure online platforms to deliver video therapy sessions (telehealth sessions). If you book to have a Zoom session (known as a ‘meeting’), your therapist will ‘host’ the meeting and provide you with an ID number or a link to enable you to join the meeting. The session will be approximately 50 minutes duration, with an additional 5-10 minutes to complete the payment (via direct transfer) and any other administration tasks.
Here at Couples Therapy Melbourne, we’re offering video sessions with both couples and individuals. If you’d like to learn more about our video sessions and whether you can book in a virtual appointment to meet with one of our therapists, contact us at 1300 78 184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Natalie Claire King, Couples Therapist.