What seemed like a scene straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey a few years ago has become a reality. With just one click of a computer button or cell phone, we can – not just hear – but SEE the person we are speaking with. While some therapists may be skeptical of this technology for use with their clients – I am actually excited about it for several reasons.
- I work with adults who were abused as children. One of the most important components of their recovery is consistency. Ideally, I would like to see my clients every single week without interruption. But I also understand that in the real world people – even deeply wounded people – are busy. They have other obligations beyond therapy. They have families, careers and responsibilities that can potentially prevent them from seeing me on a regular basis. That is the last thing I want! If it comes down to a Skype session vs. no session at all, I’m will absolutely take the Skype session without hesitation.
- These are difficult economic times. What if you’ve had to relocate to another city to find a job? If you’re my client, I don’t want you to have to adjust to another therapist in a strange, new city – or worse yet, give up therapy all together. Again, if a client has started the therapy process with me, it is very important that they see the process through and “graduate”.
- Another reason I am so excited about the use of virtual, or online therapy is that it gives me the opportunity as a therapist to reach out to sexual abuse survivors all across the world. There are so many adults suffering from the corrosive effects of trauma as a result of their sexual abuse as children. I would honestly like to help all of them if I could, but if I can even reach one person who is suffering, I consider that an accomplishment.
- Some people live in remote areas where a good therapist is not available. It is also rare outside of the major metropolitan areas in this country to find a specialist like myself who has a great deal of experience with PTSD, childhood trauma and sexual abuse. I see online technology as an amazing opportunity to reach out to people who don’t live in Los Angeles, or don’t have easy access to a psychotherapist with my qualifications in childhood trauma recovery.
So please, no matter where you are, if you are suffering from childhood abuse, I can help you via the internet. Childhood abuse doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Reach out to me and I’ll show you how to realize your full personal and professional potential.
Skype is free, I am willing, so you have no excuse! Visit me now at arlenedrake.com.