With the Covid-19 pandemic, online therapy has become an increasingly important platform for providing psychotherapy. It is also widely used by people who live far away from services, are unable to travel or choose this form for other reasons. Effectiveness of online psychotherapy is empirically supported, see below. Covid-19 does though not need to be a reason for online therapy with me as we adhere strictly to the preventive guidelines of the Icelandic authorities. Inside my office it is easy to maintain 2 meters between us.
Online with me
I use Zoom. If a computer is used, there is no need for any downloads but you need an email address. Downloading a Zoom app is needed for phones. I send my clients a link by email before the session starts. I recommend the use of computers and headphones for clearer voice and a sense of more closeness. I am aware that some people are uncomfortable with meeting online. If you are, we can talk about that before or during the first session.
Does it work?
Summary of studies: Greenbaum, Z., 2020.
Meta-analyses: compared with meeting in person. Andrews, G. et.al., 2018.
Meta-analyses: compared with meeting in person. Barak, A. et.al., 2008.
Meta-analyses: compared with meeting in person. Andersson, G. and Cuijpers, P., 2009.
Information for the general public from the American Psychological Association (APA).