Online therapy is increasingly becoming common practice, both as an alternative to traditional therapy and as a means to complement it when patients for some reason can’t be physically present or to help therapists with efficient check-ins in-between regular sessions.
For some, online therapy may still carry some risks or downsides, but recent developments within modern technology are definitely changing the way we view and conduct online therapy for the better. You can read more about online therapy, how it’s delivered, and why some patients and therapists prefer it on our sister site, the UK Therapy Hub.
We do our best to stay updated on new technology that can help therapists working online, so here are a few of our favourite tools and software solutions –
Telebond is a one-stop, web-based business solution for therapists and coaches in private practice. It combines high quality, encrypted video calls with secured payments and bookings as well as some practical admin support tools like transaction reporting and scheduling to make you much more efficient!
We are hoping to have Telebond integrated with the UK Therapy Hub very soon, so all members will be able to add a Telebond button to their profiles to connect with new clients in a simple and secure way. You can find out more about how it works here.
This popular webcam software is great for reliable, high quality video calls and can be used alongside most video applications such as Skype, YouTube and Badoo, so it’s easy to incorporate into your current set-up. Not only does ManyCam give you a professional visual and audio quality, it can also help you easily share and split screens with patients or peers and record sessions in studio-quality.
Here’s a game-changer! CatchEye is a revolutionary new tool that enables eye contact in video calls. It’s a plugin, so you can use whichever camera and software you prefer (Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger etc.) to deliver more effective and natural online sessions with clients. They will see your eyes looking directly at theirs rather than at the hidden camera.
iCam is a secure online system for therapists and coaches, which allows you to meet confidentially with your remote clients through IM (instant messaging), audio and video communication. It’s web-based and can be integrated into your website, so it’s very easy to use for both therapists and their clients. It can also be used for online scheduling, appointment booking and in-session credit card processing.