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Have you used a Skype psychologist when traveling?


by @mikhail_dickey | 6yr  | 6 comments

Have you tried to use skype/viber services of psychotherapist/coach when youโ€™re travelling?

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@sasa | 5yr

Hi everybody. I feel like I have to share with you my story about this subject. ( sorry if I make any mistakes in grammar or spelling. English is not my mother tongue).

I was one of those people who were very anvilling to go to a psychologist. I always thought that thatโ€™s for someone else, even though I had many reasons to contact one a decade ago. But then my life situation got very difficult. My husband was leaving me, at the same time I was trying to expend my business in EU and was under a lot of stress. I started sleeping very bad, had migraines, became very anxious and started wondering a lot about life.

During one of my long flights I met a person sitting next to me and after some time we started talking about this. He told me that he had also some problems, but then on one of his flight he met someone who gave him e-mail address of a psychologist who help him some time ago. He told me that he is very busy and does not take new people immediately because he likes to work with a few people, but to do the best he can, aka. prefers quality over quantity. He also told me that it was very memorable experience. I took the card with e-mail address and put it in my wallet thinking โ€œyeah, he is going to tell me how life is beautiful and have to be strong and bla, bla, blaโ€ฆโ€

Anyway, after some time I had one of those very difficult days, and in the evening I thought that maybe I should give it a try. First I went to a psychologist close to my house in Boston, but we really didnโ€™t click. Being very disappointed about this, I spoke to my friend about it, and she told me that the contact has to be good and full of trust between client and psychologist, and that that is the crucial component to success, so I decided not to go there again. A few days after that I remember that card in my wallet. I sent one e-mail to this psychologist asking him if we can meet, via skype preferably. He replayed next day. He told me that he started meeting people via skype since few months ago because he is aware that the world is changing and that he also has to adjust. I found this very sweet in some way. He also told me that it would be very preferable if we can meet few times ( especially the first time) in person. I couldnโ€™t do that for the first time, but then, on my third trip I found out that I am just two hours away from him ( he was in the Netherlands at the time) and we had a personal meeting which was fantastic. I met him few more times in person after that ( great thing is that he is also traveling a lot, so he was also in my neighbourhood several times) , while majority of meeting were via skype. In my experience, progress is possible with the skype sessions too; it might go slower then with a personal session, but it is possible.

Now, after two years, I can tell you that, what started as constant complaining about my husband, became a great trip of self discovery and that I am more then happy that Iโ€™ve done it. Sometimes it wasnโ€™t easy ( just as he told me - that sessions are not always necessary pleasant and that sometimes we need to face things I donโ€™t want to face), but all together it was the best thing I ever done for myself. Now, we meet via skype from time to time, just when I need to clear my toughts a bit, and he is willing to do this, which I am happy about. He calls it โ€œmental hygieneโ€.

I feel much better today and i advice everybody to give it a try, even via skype. We live in a strange times, and we need all the help we can get.
Good luck:)

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@danielgenser | 6yr

My wife and I see a counselor sometimes, and the current one in Seattle we see offers Skype sessions. Havenโ€™t tried it yet, so weโ€™ll see.

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@jb510 | 6yr

My g/f and I worked with a couples counselor for a while at home and talked about setting up continued Skype check-ins while traveling, but we could never quite get it together (time zone issues, not technical issues), and honestly we found we didnโ€™t need to. Our counselor rocked and weโ€™d built up the tools we needed to work through things without her. :smile:

The only reason I do mention it here is I that I think itโ€™d be way better to establish a relationship with a counselor in person and then maintain things via Skype, rather than to start via Skype.

Of course as I implied above is that I have no actual experience doing it via skype so take my suggestion with a grain of salt.

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@levelsio | 6yr

Yes I have. See this thread http://nomadlist.com/forum/t/did-you-feel-lost-transitioning-to-nomadism.

Itโ€™s normal to need (professional) psychological support in big life transitions. Changing your life to travel and work from everywhere can be psychologically taxing depending on your personality.

I never thought Iโ€™d have trouble with it but I did. I had particular problems in feeling โ€œlostโ€ without any home. Itโ€™s a weird feeling. I used a Skype psychologist in the Netherlands http://www.eye2eyepsychologen.nl and had 6 sessions and now I can deal with that a lot better.

The startup community needs to have less taboo for psychological support. Your brain is just like a muscle and sometimes if itโ€™s stressed it needs some help to talk things through.

Best bet would be to get something in your home country thatโ€™s covered by your healthcare plan.

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@joshwardini | 6yr

Any thoughts on cultural biases or barriers when it comes to psychological treatment or counseling. My significant other and I had to endure some some serious stress being in a new relationship and moving abroad at the same time. We thought about seeing a relationship counselor in the Philippines but decided against it due to the cultural differences (Filipinos are primarily catholic and also donโ€™t believe in divorce).

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Hey, my partner and I are also in the midst of some serious stress and are on a search for a US-based couples counselor who will talk to us on Skype. We found a lot of viable candidates on goodtherapy.org. Good luck!!!

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