How this psychological help technique works
Online couples therapy is another way in which psychological assistance services have taken advantage of the impulse of new technologies to adapt to people's needs.
Although a little over a decade ago it was unusual to use this format, today it is standardized and its popularity is advancing rapidly. In fact, there are fewer and fewer psychology offices that do not offer the possibility of conducting sessions through the internet, through video calls.
In this article we will see how online couples therapy works and what are its benefits and advantages.
How online couples therapy works: the process, step by step
Using online couples therapy for the first time is very simple and intuitive. These are some guidelines that you can follow if you consider using this kind of services.
1. Speak it and give a name to what happens to you
First of all, to establish the reason that leads you to couples therapy, talk about what happens to you and try to reach one or more conclusions about what is happening to you and that you would like to improve, and how it makes you feel.
You don't both need to go to therapy for the same thing, each of you may have a reason to seek professional help, and that's fine.
On the other hand, don't be obsessed with identifying exactly the nature of the problem that affects you, with one approximation is enough. It will be in therapy when it will be easier to understand what is wrong in the relationship, since psychologists are also trained to facilitate this.
2. Choose a clinic or professional
With online therapy, there are more options to choose from, since distances don't matter. It is advisable to opt for teams of psychologists with extensive experience caring for patients, and of course, professionals must be registered.
3. Ask any questions you have
It is normal to ask questions about the services offered before going to the first session. Of course, at this stage it is not yet necessary to explain in detail the reason for the consultation. The problem begins to be explored from the first session.
4. Agree day and time
Despite the fact that it is online couples therapy, this does not mean that it can be accessed at any time, or without notice. It is necessary to previously agree with the psychologist or psychotherapy center the hours in which you can go. Keep in mind that professionals must prepare and organize their day to day to ensure that they can offer regular follow-up to all patients and couples with whom they are working.
5. Use the video call service
To do this, you must use the digital platform previously indicated by the psychologist, which is very simple; sometimes you have to install new software on the used electronic device, but these days it is very easy and you just have to follow a short sequence of instructions automatically explained by the program.
6. Find a comfortable and private place where you are both at ease
In this regard, symmetry is very important. Both of you should feel equally comfortable and have the same prominence in the camera frame.
Possible applications and benefits
These are the aspects in which online couples therapy can be beneficial.
1. Provide discretion
Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that others may see how they enter psychotherapy or couples therapy centers. With online couples therapy, this is settled, as it is not necessary to leave the home to have the services of psychologists.
2. Makes it easier to balance schedules
One of the most complex aspects of couples therapy is that it is not always easy to find times when both members of the couple can come to the sessions. Fortunately, not having to travel makes more time available, making it easier to find a time on the weekly schedule to commit to therapy.
3. Help open up
For many people, being in a place they consider familiar (their home) helps them open up when explaining their problems and overcoming taboo topics.
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