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Joanna Poppink's position on virtual psychotherapy

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Since the Covid pandemic I've learned that virtual appointments with visual connections are valuable, effective and sometimes even more personal than in person meetings. Clients are often more relaxed in their own environment. (What's it like now that therapy is virtal? a video)
 
Eating disorders manifest psychological, emotional and spiritual stress through the body.  For therapy to have meaning and optimum beneficial impact I believe the therapist and client need to be aware of physical sensations and responses. Facial expressions, body language, sense of rising or falling energy, change in coloration, a wordless sense of one another all are part of human communication. Opportunity to be aware of these experiences are necessary in the exchanges between client and therapist and are possible in vifrtual appointments.

Even in cyberspace we can recognize the meaning of silences, tone of voice, and changes in breathing. This allows us to have a meaningful exchange.

Telehealth and telemental health is more accessible now, thanks to the development of communications technology and the pioneering work of Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.   

Dr. Maheu is a telepsychologist, technology developer and the executive direction of the TeleMental Health Institute. She has led workshops in legal and ethical strategies for sucessful distance counseling. She and her institute are valuable resources for you if you need long distance psychotherapy.

If you are interested in the possibility of working with me, please e-mail for a free telephone consultation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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14 January 2013 by Christopher
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