Apparently, the online therapy sessions, conducted through a digital video calling platform, appear to be very different from those conducted face-to-face with the psychologist. The stereotypical image of the patient speaking from a couch while the therapist is taking notes sitting in a chair within walking distance is practically an icon, and it also makes speaking and interacting from electronic devices can be shocking. therapy idea. Psychological.
However, beyond these superficial type differences, reality shows us that online psychotherapy by video call is perfectly comparable to the “classic model”. On the one hand, scientific research shows us that its degree of effectiveness is the same as when you are in the same room as the psychotherapist, and on the other hand, in a very short time the number of people who have chosen this remote option has grown a lot. But … to what is it due?
The main psychological keys to the effectiveness of online therapy
Each psychological phenomenon is multicaused; that is, it cannot be explained by looking at a single fact. The psychotherapeutic process, as a psychological type process, is no exception, and this means that whether a session is going well or not going well does not depend solely on one factor to be considered.
That is why the effectiveness of online therapy is not due to any of its characteristics; here we will see a summary of several aspects of this psychological intervention format that helps you understand why it works and is effective faced with a wide variety of problems. There are probably even more, but these are the ones we consider the most important.
1. Sources of stress are reduced by saving us the move
The rush, the physical effort to get to the consultation and the fact of managing the transfer time well these are aspects that can stress us out or tire us out with relative ease. With online therapy, we started the session without those items that might wear out.
2. It offers the possibility of being in a safe and familiar place
To be in therapy is to leave the house or another place that we know well and offer ourselves peace and privacy. This way there are less stimuli or contextual elements that distract us or that may disturb some people prone to stress, and in this way it is easier to “immerse yourself” in the therapy process from the first session.
3. The flow of non-verbal communication is not interrupted
Verbal communication, based on the non-verbal language of our gestures, grimaces, postures and everything in voice, is very important in the therapeutic process. After all, all the problems that need to be solved and overcome with the help of the psychologist are associated with emotions and feelings that are reflected not only in what we say, but also in the way we say it.
For that, psychotherapy professionals have so much to know how to pick up these subtle signals beyond words, how to adapt to these emotional states in real time. The objective is both to help the patient progress towards our goals of improvement and self-improvement, and to establish the appropriate psychologist-patient therapeutic link.
Today, online video call psychotherapy is a format that collects the most relevant aspects of non-verbal language, thanks to the rapid transmission of data from Internet services and the good quality of cameras manufactured in the news.
4. It must be earned with complete discretion
Going to the psychologist is very normal and it is generally assumed that anyone may need, at some point, to turn to psychotherapy services, but there are still those who prefer to be discreet in these cases.
In this context, something as simple as not having to face the fear that others will “see us” by going to the psychologist. it makes the attitude of many people more positive.
5. Most therapeutic tools are still available
Fortunately, many therapy resources have their version adapted to the online format for video calling. That means the fact that the patient is absent from the consultation of the psychologist is almost never a limitationExcept in exceptional cases where the use of very specific three-dimensional materials is necessary, but which in most cases can be replaced.
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Fr Advanced psychologists we have been helping people of all ages for over 20 years, and currently in addition to video call psychotherapy or at our center in Madrid, we offer speech therapy, neuropsychology, psychiatric care, coaching, couple therapy and familiar therapy.
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