Traditionally, therapy would take place in my therapy room or online. Contemporary evidence shows that home-based therapy is just as effective – and also has added benefits.
Home-based therapy is nothing new. It has been gaining traction since the 1980s and continues to benefit those who cannot commute, live with a disability, or simply prefer to be in their own environment for therapy. When we begin working together, one of the first questions I will ask you is – “your place or mine?” There are advantages to visiting me in my therapy room. But there are also enormous opportunities to be had by me coming to your home. Let’s explore these now.
The benefits of therapy in your home
For most of us, home is a sanctuary – a space we know well and feel comfortable in.
When having in therapy at home, it can induce a feeling of calm and safety due to the familiarity of the environment.
The process of having therapy in your home is very similar to having therapy elsewhere. I will arrive at your home at a specified date and time and we will sit and talk in a quiet area for the agreed timeframe. All I ask is that you provide chairs and (if possible) a whiteboard. If you cannot, then that’s no problem. This can be discussed in advance and I can bring what’s needed.
Focus is important during any therapy session, and therefore I do also ask that any distractions are managed. For example, if you have a dog or children, please ensure that this won’t interfere with the session by organising a person to take care of these matters on your behalf. A quiet, uninterrupted space will facilitate the best possible therapy outcomes.
Therapy at your home is particularly advantageous if:
- You find commuting to me difficult or expensive
- Your schedule is packed and it’s more convenient to have me come to you
- You are not comfortable with online therapy
- You feel particularly comfortable talking at home, rather than somewhere else
- You have a physical disability that means you feel more able within your home
- You live with a social anxiety or mental health concern that makes it difficult for you to leave the house
The benefits of therapy at your workplace
Most of us spend a large portion of our lives at the workplace. But this should not be a barrier to accessing therapy.
If you feel you haven’t enough free time to attend a therapy session, integrating it into your workplace could be more suitable. I am happy to commute to your place of work for therapy so long as a therapeutic environment can be created. A quiet office space, a nearby cafe or company canteen are all options. Being able to blend your day in this way can give you access to the support you need, but at a pace (and a place) that’s convenient for you.
The cost of coming to your address
I am very engaged in providing you with therapeutic support where you are. Contact me to discuss what the travelling costs would be. I aim at simply having my direct costs covered, including toll, wear and tear of the car etc. But I will not charge you the standard rates that the government suggests of 3.50 DKK per kilometer. Nothing near that! Contact me, via chat or phone, and we’ll figure something out.
The benefits of therapy online
Therapy doesn’t have to be face-to-face. Online therapy is a fantastic option, and something I am very passionate about.
Whether you are at home, travelling abroad or even in an entirely different time zone, online therapy can still take place. You can send files, voice recordings, emails, or talk over the phone – time of day or location needn’t be an obstacle.
If I am awake and available, I am yours.
You may be asking yourself – is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy? The answer is, yes!
Studies have shown that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy, but only if the conditions are properly managed. For example, it is important that both the client and therapist have a good standard of internet access, with devices that have microphones and good quality webcams. Some people may not have this equipment, meaning in-person treatment may be more suitable.
This option can be discussed during our free 15 minute conversation. As with home-based therapy, the environment also needs to be properly set up, with minimal distractions and decent levels of comfort so that you can relax into your session.
The benefits of visiting my clinics
Sometimes, it is not possible to replicate this sort of environment within your own home. Or, you may prefer to get away from your home environment and utilize a more ‘emotionally neutral’ space for therapy.
What happens within the therapy room is vitally important for the work we do together. The space itself has all sorts of connotations and influences on how you experience therapy. The pictures on the walls, the lighting, the positioning of the chair, the environmental noise levels – my therapeutic space has been intentionally created to facilitate deep and insightful outcomes.
When you attend your appointment, you can be assured of an uninterrupted, safe and quiet environment to explore your inner self.
If this is the case, my place is available.
The benefits of therapy outdoors
The great outdoors provides us with a range of therapy environments. For example, you may find a therapeutic walk can be immensely beneficial. A guidance report published by the British Psychological Society emphasised some of the benefits of walking talking therapy. These included:
- Suitability for those who find indoor environments too restrictive or claustrophobic.
- No reliance on technology, therefore good for people who may prefer this to an online alternative
- Walking is a healthy activity that can contribute to better mental health.
- Safer during the Covid-19 pandemic and can continue during lockdowns subject to restrictions
- Enables clients to feel as though they share the space – rather than it belonging to the practitioner
- Can be a very pleasant visual experience, such as a walk in a beautiful park during autumn. This can create a sense of interconnectedness with nature.
- Can be accessed during lunch breaks during working hours.
If you’re not much of a walker, sitting on a bench, taking a river boat or overlooking a superb view could be to your preference.
Mutual comfort for better results
Having a comfortable setting benefits everyone, which is why it’s so important to discuss location before committing to an appointment. A 2018 study at Walden University emphasised the importance of comfort during a therapy session – not just for the client but for the therapist too. The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client has always been considered one of the most important factors in the psychotherapy role. What happens between the therapist and client is crucial in achieving positive, meaningful outcomes. Therefore, the comfort levels of all involved may contribute to or influence treatment as well as the ability to maintain a successful therapeutic relationship. Sitting in the cold due to a broken radiator, or on a wobbly chair, could disadvantage everybody. Conversely, having a warm, spacious, calm and quiet setting will help you gain a deeper insight to yourself..
The benefits of combining a subscription package with a face-to-face session
I believe that therapy should be holistic and tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Having a subscription for therapy combined with face-to-face sessions can help you to get the most out of your therapy journey. Instead of sticking to a rigid schedule of weekly face-to-face therapy, a subscription opens you up to more flexibility and a wider range of therapy options – including altering locations, online sessions, 24/7 access to your therapist, discounts, and the pledge that if I am awake and available, I’m yours. Should you want to schedule a last minute session, share some documents with me, send me a voice note or have a phone call, a subscription for therapy can help facilitate this. Consequently, you get more value for money and a more well-rounded experience.
Getting the support you need
We can also go for a walk.
Whichever help and support you need, my pledge to you is consistent.
Book a free 15 minute conversation, which is all you need to begin your journey. We will talk about where you are now, where you want to be, and how I can help you get there.