My reply to a query:
My several therapy-by-Skype experiences haven’t been near as useful as I believe I can be in up-time therapy. Â I think two of those three customers benefited: one was many months, one brief & intermittent, & one foreshortened. Â I know a therapist who does all his therapy by Skype. Â He likes it a lot, and I believe he’s quite good at it. Â When I already know the people well, I feel comfortable & plenty useful with Skype, infrequently and intermittently in a course of therapy, and as a consultant or to supervise other therapists
Â Â I get a lot of my therapeutic energy, power & satisfaction in the up-time, shared experience of personal relationship, with all of its sensory cues, clues about a client’s relationship style, & enhancement of my unconscious/intuition. Â Maybe I’m just old fashioned, and a creature of habit.
Â Â Â You asked about group therapy, which is Very powerfull and useful/ really more so than individual therapy, But only after dealing with whatever must be done individually. Â Group therapy by Skype would be especially hard/? impossible for me without seeing all the clients’ interactions, Â seeing all the subtlies of everyone’s body language, and at the same time, hearing clearly the accompanying analogical markings, i.e., the critical, nonverbal aspects of language [volume, tone, pitch, timbre, timing, etc.], that carry 80 or 90% of the actual meanings of the words.