Face to Face or Face Time

When I began as a therapist 15 years ago, I took it completely for granted that therapy was a face to face experience. Face to face therapy provides the immediacy that forms the basis of trust that’s vital for a successful outcome. 

Skype and FaceTime have been around for several years and I had thought it possible to conduct initial consultations and sessions with either. Up until the beginning of the pandemic, I had no requests to conduct sessions in any other way other than face to face.

Then we emerged from the third lockdown. Suddenly, people are opting for initial consultations and sessions via Skype or Face Time. Trends such as hybrid working have spurred people on to the belief that therapy can be effective remotely. My preference remains face to face sessions, but I’m confident that when sessions begin remotely they can have just as positive an outcome as face to face sessions.