Can we skype? Can we Facetime? In the last few years I have delved more into behavioral health. I am, however, not a fan of Skype or Facetime. To me it presents too many privacy violations. I will always be a fan of face to face. We’re attuned to visual cues – the tapping of the foot, the subtle facial twitch, the clenched fist that can sometimes tell us more than the patients’ words or tone of voice. But equally important is the shared energy in the room, the joint experience of sitting in proximity in the same quiet space. Plus, video chats also present the risk of technical difficulties. I recalled a friend telling me “I was once on a Skype session with a patient in Asia and just as she began sobbing, the sound cut out. Then our connection dropped. It took ten minutes to restore it, and by then the moment was lost.”
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