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In an ideal world, psychotherapy would work best face to face, as this would give us more information and provide more of a tangible relationship and presence that can be beneficial in the process of therapy.
Sometimes, however, external limitations or geographical distance might make it difficult or impossible to attend therapy in person. In these instances I have found that having therapy via online video, such as with Zoom, Google Meet or Skype, can be a good alternative, providing that some care is taken to make sure the space is safe and confidential.
One of the ways we can do this is by making sure to have online therapy from somewhere private, preferably indoors, where you can be on your own, without interruptions and without being overheard.
Another way that we can make the therapy safe and contained is by making sure you are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs during a video session, just like for a normal session, and by agreeing beforehand on a GP and emergency contact to reach out to in case of emergency.
If you would like to start therapy but are worried about having to miss too many sessions because of travelling or if you don't live in London but would like to have some online therapy, feel free to get in touch.