A Question About Online Therapy - March 7, 2011

Dear Dr. Kelly:

Online Mindfulness groups sound convenient but I’m skeptical about learning meditation online. How does it work? Do people get the same results as the groups in person? What if I’m not very good with computers?

-E.S.


Dear  E.S.,

Thanks for your question. We have started to offer online groups, as well as individual counseling sessions by Skype, because people have been telling us that it is often inconvenient or not possible for them to come to our office in downtown Toronto. Some of these callers also explained that they live in communities outside Toronto and that they had no way to attend a mindfulness group, or to receive therapy from a psychotherapist who understands mindfulness, in their home area. Our Skype sessions and online group programs are designed for people who need or prefer to receive assistance from their homes.

Even if you are not very good with computers, you can still join one of our online groups or work with a therapist on Skype. We will walk you through setting up the webcam and video software over the phone one-on-one, so you can work out any technical difficulties before the therapy actually begins.

Online counseling and group sessions can be as effective as face-to-face meetings with a therapist. Research has demonstrated that people can benefit as much from online groups and psychotherapy as from in-office help. If you call us we can help you decide if our online service will work for you. Some people have problems or circumstances that require in-office help and, if we think you are one of those people, we will give you advice about how best to take care of yourself.

To view a demonstration of one of our groups in action, you can watch this brief video.

Please feel free to call us if you would like any more information about our Skype therapy sessions or our online groups.

Dr. Paul Kelly

Dr. Paul Kelly is the founder of The Mindfulness Clinic. He is a Registered Psychologist in Ontario and has been meditating for more than 40 years.

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