Any differences between having either a face-to-face or online therapy session will be experienced uniquely by you, whether that’s positive or negative. For me, while reading a client’s body language is easier face-to-face, online therapy can be of benefit if your facial expressions are more exposed.
In my opinion, the main differences between online and face-to-face therapies concern space and physical presence.
As face-to-face therapy takes place in a dedicated, neutral space, this can establish a unique holding for the client – one that is removed from day-to-day life. Similarly, by both being present in a face-to-face setting, together a client and therapist create a physical energy. This in turn supports the bonding process – a crucial part of building a strong therapeutic relationship, which again contributes to the quality of the holding.
In the absence of a face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy therapeutic space, online therapy requires use of existing areas in your life. So, wherever you access space to see your therapist online – be it personal or professional – it won’t be designated to your therapy only. As a result, you may have other attachments, emotions, memories and thoughts that can either benefit or burden your therapeutic time.
However the space you use for your online therapy sessions affects you, it will be explored during therapy to prevent a negative experience.