Healing Zone Online

With the Covid-19 pandemic, people must keep a safe distance from each other. This rules out face-to-face appointments. Instead, the provider and client use online video-conferencing software to interact. They can see and hear each other in real time, using applications such as Zoom or Skype.

Working to release trauma is a natural process that is well facilitated by online sessions.

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I am offering online interventions during the pandemic and its aftermath. I’m also offering reduced fees for sessions during the day (Monday to Friday). My normal rates still apply for sessions during evenings or weekends.

What you’ll need?

Individual sessions:

Clients who want to use Skype must install the software on their laptop or phone ahead of the session and check that they are able to use it. Clients who want to use Zoom don’t need to install the program but will need to allow their device to access the Zoom session. (You can install the software if you want.) This YouTube link explains how to use Zoom: https://youtu.be. WhatsApp can be used at times, especially for our initial communication or checking-in between sessions.

Group sessions:

I use Zoom for group sessions because it offers better technological stability than Skype.

 

You don’t need to download Zoom on your device, but you need to give the program permission to link to your device during the session. Your visuals must enable me to see you while you are lying on the floor.

All clients:

  • You will need a private, quiet room where there will be minimal interruptions and confidentiality is assured.
  • Prepare the room beforehand with a yoga mat (or similar), pillow, light blanket, and water.
  • Do not mute your device.
  • Ensure good lighting in the room.
  • Please wear light-coloured clothing as it is difficult to see the body clearly with black or darker colours.
  • You need to be uninterrupted for 40 mins during each session. If this won’t be possible, rather don’t attempt TRE® at this time as it will cause too much frustration and stress.
  • Consider having a support person who you trust and feel comfortable with in case support is needed after the session. Support could be practical, such as letting you get an early night, or emotional, such as chatting.
  • In case the connection fails during the session, I need to know how else to contact you. The best options are phone or WhatApp. Make sure you provide me with your contact details.
  • I will ask you to fill in a form for indemnity and health history before we start. This form will be sent to you after you make a booking.

Please download this PDF to view the guidelines for positioning your laptop or phone for an online TRE® session. I must be able to see your whole body and face while you’re lying down. Some of the exercises are also done standing up next to a wall, so try to incorporate that as well. (You will be given a minute or two to make the necessary adjustment during the session.)

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Safety and presence

 

Normally, the presence of a TRE provider sitting next to the client helps the client to feel safe during trauma work. Feeling safe is essential for healing because trauma is always associated with danger. But … safety during a pandemic depends on people keeping a physical distance. This means we have to adjust our expectations for safety and presence.

In addition, in a normal TRE®session, the provider may touch the client, with the client’s permission. The touch is usually applied to shoulders, neck, knees or feet. In online sessions the provider might instead invite the client to use their own hands to connect with certain areas of the body. This is normal practice even when the provider is the same room as the client.

Does it work?

Studies about other kinds of online therapy – such as occupational therapy, counselling, and speech therapy – have shown that they are just as effective as traditional therapy. You can Google “teletherapy effectiveness” to find out more.

 

Voice calls without visuals are less effective than the full audio-visual experience. However, voice calls and even text messages are better than nothing! During this time when people are physically isolated, it’s important to connect with others in any way we can.

Advantages of online sessions

  • No chance of virus transmission
  • Easy to access (with suitable technology)
  • Consult a provider anywhere in the world
  • No travel time or awkward schedules
  • Feel safe and private in your own home

The main disadvantages are:

  • Possible technical glitches and data usage
  • Possible lack of space and privacy (e.g. due to children or spouse)

Content of sessions

 

The methods I use depend on my clients and their needs. Clients who have chronic pain should do all exercises while lying on the floor. For other clients, standing and sitting during some exercises, such as breathwork and certain TRE® positions,is standard.

 

Please see my various therapeutic groups and find the one that suits your needs. Note: the structure and duration shown on that page is not valid for my online groups, The new online groups are shorter and more flexible.

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I use the following approaches in my healing work:

  • Trauma and Tension Release Exercises (TRE®)
  • Stanley Rosenberg’s vagus nerve exercises
  • Traditional mindfulness and breathwork

Fees for online interventions

  • Individual online sessions: R350 per session (40 mins)
  • Online groups:
  • R70 per person per session (40 mins) or
  • R170 for 3 sessions paid together
  • Check-in sessions (25 min): R150. This option is only for clients who have already attended at least 6 sessions and are familiar with the exercises.
  • After hours (evening and weekends): normal fees apply, see Fees and Availability