Moving from face-to-face therapy to conducting online therapy sessions during the Covid-19 crisis has been challenging and rewarding both for us as therapists and our clients. While it has provided invaluable opportunities to practice differently and hone our therapeutic skills in a set of trying circumstances, it has also been very challenging to provide the right level of connection and attunement, due to the lack of physical presence. As COVID related lockdowns are gradually easing, and we take tentative steps back into the ‘new normal’ world, we need to ensure that our clients are sufficiently resourced for managing the (long-term) physical and mental impact of the pandemic, facing current anxieties including financial and employment concerns, and preparing for re-entry.

In Part 1 of the course, Christiane Sanderson  explained how we can run online therapy sessions that deliver results, covering the provision of a safe therapeutic space, pacing our therapeutic approach and managing our own anxieties through self-care. At this-learning course, Christiane develops on the previous theme and explains how we can continue to be effective and incorporate more advanced tools and techniques including stabilisation skills, affect regulation and somatic markers. She explains the best practices that we can incorporate and how we can fine-tune the delivery of our therapeutic techniques to suit the online format.

Specifically, we consider how we can:

  • Provide a safe therapeutic space, that helps manage health anxieties and trauma symptoms – reducing the longer-term impact of social distancing and isolation
  • Provide a range of online platforms as a choice to clients – facilitating a choice of platform that works best for the client, while continuing to ensure privacy and confidentiality
  • Build and enhance awareness of somatic markers that indicate emotional dysregulation
  • Pick up cues in both verbal and non-verbal communication; and the use of voice, breath and body language to modulate and regulate emotional states so as to remain present, connected and attuned
  • Incorporate trauma informed practice skills and apply a combination of top-down and bottom-up regulation techniques that enable our clients to slow down and come into the body, with a view to increasing distress tolerance and improving stress resilience
  • Pace our therapeutic approach, including assessing how to balance deeper exploration of past trauma or aversive experiences with focusing on what clients need in the here-and-now; so as to reduce the activation of stress sensitivity and help them navigate their present circumstances
  • Ensure that clients are sufficiently resourced to manage the long term physical and mental impact of the pandemic, as well as current anxieties including financial and employment concerns, as well as preparing for re-entry
  • Model emotional regulation and engage in emotional co-regulation in the online format
  • Take steps towards becoming more sentient practitioners who can mitigate anxieties and sense of isolation, while creating deeper connections with clients

CPD Hours: 4

Ticket prices:

Individual ticket for 2 year access: £56
(note: if you face any problems booking online, please call us at 020 7096 1722)