Telehealth, otherwise known as video therapy, is the way I now provide therapy. Numerous studies have verified that video sessions are just as effective as in person therapy sessions. Telehealth can be incredibly convenient, and can also allow those who would not otherwise be able to access therapy get the help they need. It spares clients the time and stress of commuting and can make it easier to fit a therapy session into our busy lives.
For some people, meeting from their own home adds an element of comfort which allows them to move more easily into difficult emotional territory. It's possible to do both EMDR and Lifespan Integration remotely so telehealth isn't a barrier to doing trauma work. If you are a Washington State resident, I'm licensed to see you for telehealth from anywhere in the state. There are a few things for you to consider before deciding if telehealth is right for you.
Telehealth and privacy
Therapy requires privacy. Do you have a place at home or at work where you won't easily be overheard or interrupted? Will your safety be in any way at risk if you're overheard? If so, it can be difficult to relax into the therapy process and allow the thoughts and feelings that need to come up arise.
You will need a good wi-fi connection for video sessions. Most people already have adequate wifi speed for telehealth. 1 Mbps is currently considered the minimum speed for video and 3 Mbps is better if there will be other people using the wifi while you're in session. Having the session via a computer as opposed to a tablet or phone is typically more stable in terms of connection, although I have had successful video sessions via tablets and phones if the wifi connection was good. You can do an internet search for a speed test and test the wifi on your computer to be certain it will support video sessions.