Psychotherapy at a distance via Skype holds a promise. It’s mental health care for whoever needs it. Wherever they are.
This is good news!
That’s for all sorts of people.
Such as: remotely-located farmers or fishermen, high-flying business people, overseas workers, ex-pats etc facing cultural or linguistic obstacles accessing care.
For all of them, and others, Skype promise access to psychological care. It’s a tool to help them heal.
Consider “The Skype Psychologist” at The Atlantic. It writes about a master of the Skype therapy.
It starts by directing readers attention to one promise that Skype therapy is indeed better than nothing.
Burgo, the featured Skype expert, acknowledges that screen relations treatment is not “ideal” and that it would be “better if my clients and I were able to meet in my office week after week.”
But “for people who live in remote locations where qualified professional help is scarce or entirely unavailable, connecting with a therapist by Skype is often the best option.”
Burgo further comments that he treats ”a number of busy professionals living in New York, Zurich, and London where there is no shortage of qualified therapists.”
He wants people in need of psychotherapy to avoid the hassle of a subway ride or driving to someone’s office.
Forget about that umbrella, Skype on over to the shrink. And if your car has Bluetooth why not some hands-free treatment while driving?
And if not, you can be like someone with whom he worked who “propped his iPhone on the dashboard and spoke to me while driving long distances from one city to another.”
And why not?