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Is online therapy viable for someone with DID?

Postby SphinxMoth » Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:29 am

Because of the use of different body language and other important visual cues, is Internet therapy such as Skype something anyone has done or would recommend as a DID patient? I need to get back into therapy but live in an area where mental health is not a very high priority, so all the people I have found are either full, no longer in practice (here), or too far away to be viable. Since DID is so specialized I don’t want to go with just anyone, but I’m not sure if my choices.
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Re: Is online therapy viable for someone with DID?

Postby IainEtc » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:22 am

Hi,

Good question! I don't know because I haven't ever done therapy online or Skype or anything. I hope someone answers who knows something.

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Re: Is online therapy viable for someone with DID?

Postby TheGangsAllHere » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:50 pm

I don't think I could do it because it would feel so disconnected to me, but it probably depends on how you feel. There's a website called discussingdissociation.com that does email and phone consultations (not ongoing therapy). They might know more about the positives and negatives of doing Skype therapy for DID. If it's your only option right now, and it allows you to develop a relationship with someone who is an expert in DID, then it might be worth trying.
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Re: Is online therapy viable for someone with DID?

Postby birdsong87 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:52 pm

we only ever had one skype session and it didn't feel super safe because what will that T do when we dissociate miles away?
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Re: Is online therapy viable for someone with DID?

Postby SphinxMoth » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:26 pm

Agreed. I’m not sure we could feel super safe unless we previously knew the T which would be very difficult to do. Even then given the propensity to hide and the ease with which someone who is scared could hang up or what could happen if there was a power outage during a bad session, I don’t know if the risk outweighs the benefit. Something to consider.
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