Updated: Mar 30
A year ago, I certainly didn’t imagine that therapy and supervision would move to an exclusive online experience. Pre-Pandemic, we thought that modalities like EMDR and Brain spotting could only be done in person. Our thinking was limited.. naive even. We believed that healing required an in person visit, a couch and some tissue.
Virtual therapy was trendy but still unfamiliar and insurance companies didn’t quite understand how it could be effective. Fast forward a year and here we are... almost exclusively online.
I’m appreciative that the virtual therapy world exists because it allows for the busy professional, parent, scared young adult and over 90 year old..all get the help they need and from the comfort of their phone/tablet. But it also comes with its challenges.
This week alone I’ve had sessions where the video connected but the sound didn’t work, a request to hold sessions from A bookstore because they don’t have Wifi at home, links that didn’t work, a dog barking throughout a session, and even a day where I was without power..which meant, no wifi and no wifI means no sessions.
Even with those challenges, I still held space for people. I also took a solution focused stance and called the Telehealth company, burned some Sage and practiced deep breathing while I waited.
Thats what we do as practitioners and that’s what we do as hope dealers, we try to find a solution to fix what’s broken.
So, I got fired today..for technological issues. Issues that are greater than I could ever have envisioned a year ago when, in person with a couch and some tissue, was synonymous with therapy.
After I was fired, I silently wished success in the former clients healing and then...I held space.... for myself.
If you do this work long enough, you too will be fired.... It happens. And when it does, be as kind to yourself as you tell others to be.
Peace and blessings.