What We’re Up Against
As many of you have experienced, COVID-19 and social distancing are increasing stress and anxiety for all of us. Psychotherapists have to be nimble to provide services our patients/clients so desperately need. While in-person therapy sessions may not be possible, teletherapy is an effective method of connecting with patients/clients.
Transitioning to teletherapy creates its own set of challenges. As a therapist, you might be overwhelmed with concerns about how to practice remotely while ensuring that your patients/clients get high quality care. Best practices for teletherapy remain unclear and are another source of anxiety.
One Approach — Self-Connection Psychotherapy
I have practiced remote forms of psychotherapy for more than ten years. Out of that experience, I’ve developed Self-Connection Psychotherapy, a form of therapy that benefits from using videoconferencing. It teaches patients and therapists to observe their facial expressions. As a result, they increase awareness of their own emotions and are able to move through therapy more quickly.
In the past several months, our team has held seven free drop-in training sessions to help therapists get online. I also presented a demonstration of SCP as an effective online therapeutic approach to Kristin Osborn’s online therapy drop-ins for her Affect Phobia Therapy (APT) group. We followed those up with an intensive course, “Six Weeks to Optimizing Online Therapy Using Self-Connection Psychotherapy”. The course is helping therapists learn the clinical benefits of teletherapy. Moving forward, we will be providing more opportunities to be involved in intensive trainings. Watch this page for more information as it becomes available.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought us all to our knees. It is critical that we integrate self-care and self-compassion into our lives and our practices if we hope to excel as psychotherapists during these difficult times.
We are offering five free open sessions focused on self-care and self-compassion on Wednesdays in September at 8:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4).
Register here and select one or more sessions.
Person-Centered Tech from Roy Huggins
The gold standard for online psychotherapy.
During the current crisis, Roy is offering lots of free resources to get you online quickly.
Some topics include dealing with tech issues, cross-state practice, maintaining standards of care during an emergency, self-care, and ensuring your practice is viable during the crisis.
Check out his website
or his Facebook page
Zencare’s guide on transitioning to remote sessions.
An article from Grant Hilary Brenner MD FAPS on lessons from the sudden switch to teletherapy.
A recent article from Marisa Murgatroyd on retaining connections while working from home.
Sage Breslin, PhD’s article on Telehealth best practices.
Periodic updates during the Coronavirus pandemic on the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) webpage
Article “Emotion-focused and Video-technology Considerations in the COVID-19 Crisis” by Allan Abbass, MD, FRCPC and Jasen Elliott, PhD, RPsych
A free week-long self study on building your online practice during the pandemic. “Marketing Masterclass for Therapists: Covid-19 Edition (Eligible for 3 CEs)” by Miranda Palmer LMFT and Kelly Higdon LMFT