Social distancing measures introduced by the government have meant therapy sessions are being conducted online to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
A recent a study found that in 2018/19 1 out of 6 adults in the UK said they suffered from a common mental health disorder in the past week, while 2.1 million adults accessed NHS mental health services.
With therapy sessions being moved online it’s unclear how the change of scene will affect therapists and their patients.
Clinical psychologist Ros Coon said she had found the move online “found it hard” and was “absolutely exhausted” after holding initial online sessions.
The therapist, based in West Yorkshire, explained holding therapy sessions over online services such as ‘Zoom’ could be “psychologically difficult” as time delays between interactions tend to be “taxing, confusing and put us out of sync”.
Working over zoom is psychologically difficult, the time delay is confusing for our brains
Ros Coon, Clinical psychologist
She said she is improving at guiding online sessions, adding that she believes many of her clients are coping well in the current lockdown.
Tabby Weir a second year student at Exeter university also had initial concerns over the format swap “I was a bit anxious about doing it at home, because it’s not the environment I’m used to doing it (therapy) in but once I got used to it, it was fine”.
It’s not the environment i’m used to talking about that stuff in but once I got used to it, it was fine
Tabby Weir, student
Although Weir felt her overall experience of online therapy was positive, “It actually works really well over Zoom”.