I admit that I was very hesitant to try online conversational therapy and had a bit of prejudice towards the concept. I can be very old-fashioned and online therapy was definitely in line with my old fashion way of thinking.
How can I as professional build trust and structure through a video conversation? And is it secured? Yes, it is! Thanks to Thorbjorg Helga Vigfusdottir : https://karaconnect.com/
Anyway, my childhood friend who lives in east Iceland (a small village with a limited number of psychologists) had been pressuring me to step into the 21st century and to help facilitate access to mental health care.
I my myself am raised up in the countryside of Iceland and have a full understanding of how many doors this has opened for small towns in Iceland. In addition, I live abroad and can understand that many Icelanders want to speak their language in treatment. Therefore, due to all that I decided to give it a try and I don’t regret it.
Online therapy has been surprising in a number of ways, first of all, it is very simple and accessible to anyone. Secondly, many teenagers today, especially boys, are used to sit in front of a computer and talk to people worldwide through video games. Hence this form of therapy is not so far off from their reality.
Furthermore, are children comfortable in their home environment and do not need to adapt to both a new place and a new person. Besides, access to parents is also easy when it comes to working with children and their parents. I have been talking to teenagers with their parents, and without the parents, without them driving back and forth to my praxis.
What further came as a surprise to me is that men are in majority of individuals that have been asking me for online therapy. Men of all ages from 14-50 years and not only in Iceland but also across Europe.
Studies have shown that men are far less likely to seek help than women so maybe online therapy is opening some door for them?
For me personally this form has had great value for me. I learn so much from the individuals I work with, but in this way, we can add another kind of learning, cultural one. I am getting to know a certain culture through my clients who live outside of Iceland and Denmark and this has given me a lot.
I highly recommend this form of therapy for anyone.
Picture: Snæþór Sigurbjörn Halldórsson