With the fast pace life of most busy people phone therapy sessions are becoming more and more popular. To help understand the benefits of a phone therapy session, types of issues that can benefit from a phone therapy session and what a typical phone therapy session would be like, I have interviewed therapist Dalena Watson, LPC, FAMI, MT-BC.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I am a licensed professional counselor and board certified music therapist in private practice. I have been working adults who have a variety of mental health issues. These include trauma, loss, grief, depression, anxiety, cancer survivors and caregivers, domestic violence, LGBT issues, and sexual offenders.”
What are the benefits of a phone therapy session?
“Some benefits of phone therapy are that a client has access to a much larger pool of therapists rather than being limited to ones locally. This can be beneficial if someone is looking for a particular specialization. Another benefit is the convenience of placing a phone call in a quiet private location of the client’s choosing rather than traveling to an office. This can save on travel time as well as accommodate tight schedules.”
“In addition, some clients who regularly attend in person sessions find that phone sessions can supplement when they are out of town for personal or business reasons. They may also be able to schedule emergency phone sessions when in need of extra therapeutic support, but are not able to arrange their schedules to travel into the office.”
“A third benefit is that there is a degree of anonymity. Some clients have stated they began using phone therapy because they felt too ashamed to “look someone in the eye” in a face-to-face session.”
Is there any type of issue where an in person therapy session would be more beneficial than a phone therapy session?
“If someone is clinically depressed and/or suicidal, in person sessions are recommended. With all of the benefits of phone sessions, they lack the ability of the therapist and client to read non-verbal cues such as facial expressions. While suicide hotlines are beneficial and provide a necessary service, in person therapy is usually recommended for ongoing therapy.”
“In person sessions are also preferred if a client wants to use specific processing techniques like EMDR (eye-movement desensitization reprocessing), GIM (The Bonny method of guided imagery and music), creative arts, and hypnosis.”
What is a typical phone therapy session like?
“Typically the client would call at the appointment time, and after confirmation of the client’s identity, the session would continue as any talk therapy session. Payment for session can be arranged in advance.”
How would someone go about in finding out where phone therapy sessions are provided?
“If someone is interested in phone therapy, they can search any of the therapist sites (such as Psychology Today) or search for phone therapy. Multiple listings will appear either way.”
Thank you Dalena for doing the interview on the benefits of a phone therapy session. For more information on Dalena Watson or her work you can check out her website on www.musicandimagery.com.