TILT Magazine (Issue 10)

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TILT – Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology


You are a coach or therapist and you have been engaged with a client using indiv chat and support group discussion forum. This client was referred to you throu wellness center in your local community and your sessions have not utilized an aud video component.

Your client has requested an in-person session at your office. What concerns migh have about making this transition? What would do you?


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Larry F. Saidman responds: " that the client The main concern is the "shock crepancy between might experience from the dis ked and sounded what he or she thought I loo the appointment like...and the reality. Before ht-hearted' way.... I'd address this in a fairly 'lig share what s/he maybe by asking the client to envision I look like, expects (i.e. what does s/he g some information talk like, etc.), or, by disclosin the client to disclose about myself. I'd also invite le with about what anything s/he feels comfortab that could reduce I might experience, as I think some anxiety. suggest one session Another option could be to ponent, if available. using an audio or video com valuable to invite In the group forum it may be k about their other group members to tal ebody 'in person' experiences with meeting som ly an on-line presence. after having experienced on


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