I’ve been asked about this quite often in the past few months, and have done it a bit due to clients moving overseas and wanting to continue with her booster sessions. I have always had clients coming all the way from different parts of Johor, and a few from Sabah and Sarawak, just to see me (or sometimes with the psychiatrist drs in my clinic). These are people who have to spend time and costs travelling regularly. I understand it’s not always possible due to all sorts of constraints and logistic issues for many others.
So in this post today, I’d just like to make my opinions about it clearer.
- I’m happy to do psychotherapy online, ideally over Skype. I’ve done online lectures over Wechat as well.
- There is a clear preliminary: I’d like to see you at least once (ideally twice) in person first, for the assessment and hopefully some initial intervention. This is important for me as a therapist, to properly assess my clients and decide what’s best for them together.
- It’s not just instant messaging, I’d want to be able to see you live. I’ve long heard of others trying online psychotherapy that runs through emailing or instant messaging, but no, it doesn’t usually end well. And I offer free instant messaging (whatsapp/wechat) supports to all my patients and clients anyway.
So yes, if you’re interested, or have better ideas, do be in touch on 017-2757813 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a comment below.
P.S. I’ll also be starting my practice and service in Johor Bahru or Batu Pahat from later this year (2019).