Last year, when opening my new private practice, I made the decision to offer a combination of outpatient services for adults in the Baltimore, Towson, Columbia and throughout Maryland areas. Meaning: my clients would have the option of seeing me in person, by video or some combination of both.
I knew that video therapy was equal to in person care according to the research and being able to offer this option gave me more ability to serve more clients in a high quality way. I don't rush in my sessions, video services allows me to reduce my overhead so I can slow down and take better care of myself so I can serve my clients better. When is the last time a therapist was that truthful about the industry with you? I'll bet never.
This is not my first rodeo as a video therapist. I've been providing such services for a couple of years now and, I've been providing video and telephonic counseling and coaching services for decades. Most recently, I subcontracted with a national company whose primary service is video (and now app-based) therapy. I received lots of training to prepare myself and make it safe and effective for my clients. Lastly - sidebar - currently, I am working with a group of clinicians right now who were approached by NASW Press to write a primer on providing teletherapy, which will be out sometime next year! Stay tuned...
Well, after a year of providing video services in my own solo practice, I thought I'd share some initial observations/insights...
So at this point I would just sum up that not being limited to one or the other is valuable to clients, who come with all different desires regarding the therapy process. Having the choice is key. For those who choose video over in person, I've noted that many of them are just too busy to do in person services. In fact, sadly, one or two dropped out because they couldn't seem to find the time for video either. And this might be more about other issues or obstacles. For example: was I a good fit for that particular client? Was this client able or ready to slow down enough to be honest with oneself to ask: am I fully engaging myself in the process, even if I only have an hour every other week?
Either way, I say kudos to video without which many of them might not have gotten any help.
I'll continue to observe in 2020 and give you updates when warranted.
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