Skype sessions are for anyone who wants to work with me and lives far away.
These sessions are intended for individuals.
Online art therapy is offered in English.
The online art therapy sessions are dependent on an Internet connection and can be accessed anywhere in the world. I am based in London so the mutual time for your sessions should work for both time zones.
How long does the therapy last? Each online session lasts 50 minutes and takes place once a week. Sessions can be worked out to suit you in your first consultation.
Face Time, Hangouts and Skype are easy to install on your phone, tablet or desktop. I will still need to contact your Primary Care Provider, to let them know you are using Art Therapy as an intervention.
Recommended Schedule: A commitment to weekly or bi-weekly sessions is encouraged to maintain the continuity and focus of the work.
Why people might chose Skype™ Art Therapy over face to face Art Therapy
It saves you time; no travel to and from the therapy location.
If you are away from home from time to time, you don’t have to miss your session – just plug in, log on and connect.
Some people feel more comfortable working with a therapist who is not local to them – no chance of bumping into them.
I can offer greater flexibility in terms of session times, ideal for people with busy lives and shift workers.
For some, leaving home might be difficult or emotional, or physical challenges might make this difficult. If leaving home is difficult, part of the Skype™ therapy work might be working towards being able to meet face to face.
Some clients may find it is easier to be open and more comfortable talking over Skype™ as opposed to face to face. Some research has shown that Art Therapy via Skype™ can help people feel less inhibited and more forthright during their sessions
Greater choice; when you remove the limitation of travel many more possibilities become available to clients.
Challenges / potential issues and cautions
Isolation can become an issue for some when dealing with emotional difficulties; here, Skype™ therapy can offer a real opportunity for someone that is finding it difficult to go out. However, it is important to maybe discuss with Monica about your use of Skype™ therapy over face to face Art Therapy.
Confidentiality; ensure you are in a confidential setting for your sessions. You want to feel free to talk and be open.
Technology can, and occasionally will, fail us. I will agree with you what to do if you can’t make contact via Skype™, or if the connection fails.
Skype™ is not appropriate for clients who are experiencing profound mental health issues and/or clients who are suicidal. If you or someone you know is in crisis, a GP or local hospital will be able to help.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable working with Monica or Skype™ therapy I would encourage you to talk to them – remember, you are in charge. You may find that Skype™ therapy is not for you – if that’s the case, and you are able, I would encourage you to try face to face work as you may find this more appropriate for you and any challenges you may still be struggling with.
How can I “do” Skype™ Art Therapy?
You will need a Skype™connection. You can download the Skype™application for free, and this will guide you how to set up and even shows you how to make a test call. You will need a good connection, sound and picture for Skype™to work at its best.
Initial contact might be via the phone and/or email. They will guide you from there.
Sessions last 50 minutes, and people often work with Monica once a week. If you have a contract; this might include issues relating to confidentially, payment, how long, how often and when you will make contact with each other.