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What's Virtual Psychotherapy Like? A Personal Video

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Virtual psychotherapy is now the standard way of delivering services. If yu've been in therapy and switch from seeing yur therapist in person to seeing her online or on Facetime you may miss the personal presence and setting.  But you are grateful that your work continues with the person you trust and with whom you have developed a history.

If you are new to psychotherapy or new to the psychotherapist you are considering, what's it like to start work online? Your questions may include:

What's Virtual Psychotherapy Like?

Virtual psychotherapy is now the standard way of delivering services. If yu've been in therapy and switch from seeing yur therapist in person to seeing her online or on Facetime you may miss the personal presence and setting.  But you are grateful that your work continues with the person you trust and with whom you have developed a history.

If you are new to psychotherapy or new to the psychotherapist you are considering, what's it like to start work online? Your questions may include:

1. What's it like to be with this person?
2. How will I feel with her?
3. I get a sense of a person when I am with them. How will I get that sense over a monitor?
4. I need support and warmth. Isn't virtual psychotherapy cold?
5. How can I share intimate personal information to a stranger on a screen?
6. How can she know me if she just sees my face on a screen?
7. What happens in online psychotherapy?
8. I need help. Can this kind of therapy work?

And you may have more questions. These are valid and make sense.

I tried to address your concerns in this video. Since online psychotherapy is a video experience, it only make sense to describe the video experience on a video. This way you receive the information in the format of that we are exploring.  I hope ths helps you, and answers at least some of your questions.

You can always contact me for a free telephone consultation. E-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bewildering grief or anger for no reason? The unrecognized sixth element.

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This is me, writing to you from my home office on Sunday afternoon.  Stay well.  Keep safe.

You and the people in your life are experiencing the anxiety, trauma, loss, fear and insecurities of this pandemic, politically volatile time. You access your power to cope in five ways. But one stressor may be missing from your awareness so how to cope is also missing. Here are the five you know about. The sixth comes later in this essay.

1.  For COVID you know that your power to protect yourself and your family is to physically distance and wear masks.

2.  For financial insecurity you know your power is in finding an income source familiar to you or from something new.

3.  If someone you love is sick you know your power is in supplying as much care as you can to the one you love and reaching for your spiritual supports, like prayer and inspirational reading.

How Are You Holding Up? Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders emerging show us what we need now

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       We need our internal structure to hold, especially when we can't see ahead.

Values

We define ourselves by our personal values. We know who we are and live by our personal code. At least, that is what we convince ourselves.

But some of our values are what we wished we supported. Some of them are based on what we are told to support by respected others. And some of our values may be based on our fear of disapproval.

In a normal, ordinary day we live by these values. Our behavior is consistent with them. We seem to have integrity, i.e. our behavior and our values are integrated.

Stressed Values

But these are not normal, balanced ordinary days. Every day is still a corona day.

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