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Online Therapy for Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Why Choose Online Therapy or Counselling for Narcissistic Abuse?

In 2020, the rise for online counselling as a tool for mental health support meant more counsellors, psychologists and therapists working via ZOOM rather than face to face.

The benefits of online counselling almost exceeded that of in person counselling, with clients being able to access professional counselling from the comfort of their home.

Accessibility and Convenience

One of the most significant advantages of online therapy is its accessibility. It takes away the major barriers that can come with in person counselling such as: mobility, transportation and location.

This access can be crucial for survivors of narcissistic abuse, who may be unable to travel during the daytime to attend sessions due to lack of transportation and/or isolation. Online therapy gives clients the option of also accessing a therapist or counsellor via ZOOM or Microsoft Teams (or even over the phone), giving them the flexibility to go for a walk if need be away from the home.

Tailored Support for Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

In my experience as an online therapist and counsellor, online therapy can be highly effective for survivors of narcissistic abuse. Providing targeted support using a host of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and other trauma focused therapies, it can help to significantly heal the emotional wounds.

Narcissistic Abuse Recovery is generally tailored to each individual seeking counselling, so there is no ‘one method’ approach. Each person comes with their own unique story and situation whether it be family related, spousal related or peer related. Online therapy can be safe space to explore how you feel, and still employ empathetic listening and validation to help survivors regain self-worth.

Flexibility in Scheduling

Online therapy offers flexibility in scheduling, allowing survivors to choose appointments that best suit their needs. This can be particularly beneficial for those who have busy schedules, caregiving or work responsibilities, or may need sessions outside of traditional office hours. This flexibility empowers survivors to take control of their healing process and not have to worry about additional travel stress. The flexibility also allows survivors to be more relaxed prior to a session as they have had an opportunity to have something to eat, or drink, or even wear clothes that they feel comfortable in – that they may not have felt comfortable to wear in the counsellor’s office.

Anonymity and Safety

For survivors of narcissistic abuse, safety and confidentiality are paramount. Online therapy provides a level of anonymity that may help individuals feel more comfortable and secure when discussing sensitive and potentially distressing topics. This sense of safety can be crucial in building trust with a therapist and gradually opening up about their experiences.

In some cases, survivors may choose to wear headphones during a session, so that that no one can hear them. The anonymity of online counselling can also be favourable to someone who may not want people in their community seeing them or knowing that they are receiving therapy. Such as if you walk into a busy doctor’s office, and you may see other people that you know. The therapist is bound to confidentiality and cannot disclose who their clients are.

Technological Tools Enhance Therapeutic Experience

Many online therapy platforms offer additional resources such as secure messaging, worksheets, and journaling features. These tools can complement the therapy process, providing survivors with practical exercises and a means to track their progress. This integration of technology can enhance the overall therapeutic experience.

In some cases some therapists require clients to fill in an online quiz or worksheets to fill out as homework after their session.

Establishing a Therapeutic Alliance

Despite the virtual nature of online therapy, strong therapeutic relationships can still be forged. Skilled therapists can create a safe, empathetic, and validating space for survivors to share their experiences and emotions. Through effective communication and active listening, therapists can help survivors navigate their recovery journey.

Considerations

While online therapy offers numerous benefits, it may be worth your while exploring a range of different types of counselling.

For some, the anonymity of doing telephone counselling (where you don’t see the client’s face) can be good for clients who suffer high anxiety, social anxiety or who may be distracted by what they look like on the camera.

For some, online therapy and counselling for narcissistic abuse recovery can be beneficial if a client wants to meet their counsellor in person, but not have the ability to travel towards them if the counsellor is a specialist. Or have a more interactive experience.

Lastly, in person counselling or therapy can be beneficial for clients who want to have that more in person experience, or in the event that they don’t want their partner knowing they are seeing someone. Face to face counselling gives it that more traditional approach of counselling.

Online therapy has proven to be a highly effective and accessible option for survivors of narcissistic abuse seeking professional support in their recovery journey. With the right therapist and a secure platform, individuals can embark on a path of healing, reclaiming their sense of self-worth, and moving towards a brighter, more empowered future.

Remember, seeking support is a courageous step towards healing, and there are resources available to help you through this process.

By Author Annette Tavitian

Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Counsellor

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