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Remote session (online)

The reasons that a person may initiate an online session are varied, with the following being the most typical:

  • The remote place of residence.

  • Not finding the right therapist due to long distance.

  • The limited private space of personal life. The phrase "I don't want anyone to know I'm seeing a psychologist" is often said. 

  • ​The reduced free time.

  • The person is unable to move due to health problems.

In this day and age, we are privileged to be able to receive  online therapy, something impossible in the recent past. None of the above should prevent us from enjoying the gift of healing, which is why online sessions are the most appropriate solution if any of the above applies. 

 Benefits of Online Psychotherapy

  •  zero travel time and costs​

  •  instant and easy access to the session from our personal space

  •  greater flexibility in our time

  •  contact our psychotherapist  to sudden changes in our lives (hospitalization. quarantine, inability to move)

  • social anxiety and feelings of threat are reduced, with the individual becoming familiar with their therapist from the safety of distance


Challenges in online psychotherapy

Ensuring privacy

The patient should ensure his/her privacy so that confidentiality can be maintained. It is good to carry out the session when the patient is in a personal space where he will feel comfortable, safe and will not be interrupted or heard what he says. Experience has shown that during an online therapy, emerge issues of respect for personal space, setting limits to people who live together, loneliness and others.


It is very easy to distract the analysand by phone calls, knocking on the door, interruptions from third parties like "can you come over for a minute to ask you something?" The patient is required to ensure that he will have a calm environment without interference for the duration of his session.

Technical connection issues 

Sometimes there are connection issues or power outages that prevent online therapy. 

Non-physical presence


In online therapy we only see the face and not so much the main body. Some changes in posture may go unnoticed by the therapist. This is a challenge for the client, because he/she is asked to better observe his/her own body and its reactions, and convey to the therapist the changes that the latter cannot see. Thus, therapists with difficulties in their relationship with the body were helped by being more observant of how the body "speaks to them" during an online session.

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