In March as we were all given our stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, myself and the other therapists at Indigo Counseling made the switch to Teletherapy. It was a nerve wracking time: we all had to quickly figure out a new technology AND adapt our counseling sessions to fit into this new tech. Should we use Zoom or Doxy? Do we need to upgrade our internet? What about privacy concerns?
There have been glitches to be sure. Sometimes a screen will freeze, a connection will be broken, a person will be pixelated. Cats and dogs visit sessions. A doorbell rings; a spouse asks what’s for dinner? But as we have learned to breathe, laugh and even enjoy these moments, we have found that despite these glitches, the work of therapy goes on.
In Teletherapy sessions, we’re discussing relationship struggles or ways to decrease anxiety in these times. We are making goals to eat better or exercise more. We are working on adapting to Covid-19 lifestyle changes. We are working on past trauma or abuse. We are talking about resilience, feelings, growth, gratitude, fear, shame, grief, loneliness, happiness, joy. In essence, we are discussing the myriad of life experiences and feelings.
We’re making the connection across the screen. You may see a little of my world—my terrier-poodle crashing a meeting, my blue-green office colors, my art supplies. I may see a little of your world: the art on your wall, your book collection, the cat that perches beside you on the couch. Then, just like all in-person sessions, you’re telling me about your life, what you’re struggling with. I’m listening, reflecting, questioning, suggesting.
All of this is to say, therapy goes on. If you are struggling and need some help, please contact us. We will get to know you and your struggles. There might be some minor glitches in technology, some zoom bombing animals or family members, but we will smile through these moments and take a breath. We will then continue the deep, meaningful work of therapy. Through Teletherapy, we will still make a real human connection.