How Does Online Psychology Work?
There are practical considerations when it comes to digital technology for therapy. You will need a secure and reliable internet connection, a computer, some computer literacy, and enough personal space and privacy at home or another location to ensure you have a safe and confidential environment for an online or telephone session.
You will be offered a choice between secure video or phone consultations. Secure video sessions enable you to see and hear who you are speaking to, just as you would in a traditional face to face session.
If you prefer a phone appointment a scheduled consultation will be organised for you wherever you are in Australia. Phone and video sessions are normally 50-60 minutes in length but this is flexible and can be arranged to fit into your schedule.
During your initial consultations, your treating therapist will explore what has brought you to seek help by asking you routine detailed questions. This is to identify your therapeutic goals and to assess how to best assist you. Once assessment is completed and a plan for therapy identified, subsequent sessions will focus on addressing your treatment goals.
Online psychology services, as with face-to-face therapy, is largely a conversation-style form of psychotherapy using a range of therapeutic approaches (e.g. cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, systemic, EMDR).
Just as in face-to-face consultations, the online therapeutic relationship develops with time and effort and offers the opportunity to develop a sense of connection, trust and felt-safety.