Trading in your therapist’s couch for your own is now possible thanks to “Skypotherapy”. Therapists like Olga Bloch, LCMFT, are now using the popular video call service to conduct sessions with patients from the comfort their homes, offices or wherever life takes them.
“I use Skype quite often,” Bloch tells NBC 4. “It’s about a third of my practice, and it’s a really great way to provide therapy for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to get help.”
With just a few clicks and a steady Internet connection, Bloch, who is based in Rockville, Maryland, sees patients from all over the world. Skypotherapy is a convenient, discreet and less intimidating alternative to face-to-face sessions, which usually requires booking far in advance, and taking time from work or other responsibilities. Many of Bloch’s Skypotherapy clientele live abroad, attend college, have trouble traveling due to physical disabilities or stay-at-home parents.
Skype therapy isn’t recommended for those who’ve experienced significant trauma or suffer from severe mental illness. Bloch says it’s best for those seeking support or coaching in their everyday lives.