When we first shut down our counseling office, I didn’t think meeting virtually was going to work at all for couples—let alone individual therapy. As it turns out, I was wrong!
I’m blown away at how productive online therapy can be. With online counseling appointments, your therapist can still see body language, facial cues, voice inflections, all the things you have in a typical session. Sometimes, however, we get a little telling window into our clients’ lives: A dog barking. Kids clamoring. Spouses dropping in. Background trimmings, etc.
These little tells of one’s life are washed away during face to face sessions. Therapy offices have a way of being overwhelmingly underwhelming, which makes it more challenging to learn about the details of home life.
As a marriage therapist in Denver and an astute observer of humans, I find the little details incredibly valuable when trying to suss out the nuances of human affairs. I find the insight into people’s lives helpful, and it has forced me to be a bit more vulnerable with my clients as I, too, am working from home.
From the feedback I’ve been getting, online therapy is working just as well, if not better than sessions at the old brick and mortar office! Many clients are asking to continue with virtual sessions even after the pandemic subsides.
Perhaps people are just more open to being vulnerable when they are in the virtual world. While we are technically face-to-face, the distance during sessions creates a space for honesty to creep out.
It feels as if people are not afraid of judgment as much because of the barrier that is the screen. It’s similar to how people will tell you how they feel wrapped in the anonymity of the internet on Twitter. Or, maybe it’s just when you are in the comfort of your pajamas sitting on your bed you are disarmed, vulnerable, and free. Regardless of the reason, people seem to be more open to receiving relationship advice in Denver from the comfort of their own homes.
Don’t just take my word for it! I could elaborate further; however, this opinion piece in The Washington Post is spot on—go take a look. To read about the reasons we are continuing with teletherapy here at the Counseling Center of Cherry Creek and to see our FAQs about this exciting new treatment choice, click here.