I have found that establishing and maintaining a sense of relatedness and emotional presence in the therapeutic interaction can be a major task. This can be an even greater challenge in a video session.
Several years ago, I started to promote online therapy with growing frequency because I noticed how convenient it was for clients to access. I also realized how convenient it was for me to provide therapy this way. This mutually beneficial arrangement presented many possibilities and opportunities, mainly to provide therapeutic services to a larger pool of individuals in a wide-ranging virtual ‘landscape’. Yet, this way of providing psychotherapy services was still perceived as an unpopular option, and the growing acceptance was still at a very slow pace.