Does online therapy work?

Published on April 1, 2020

Online therapy can be a convenient option when you don’t have the time to travel, or you don’t feel safe to visit.  If you are home because you are sick, or for other reasons, online therapy is a great alternative.  Some people prefer online to in-person treatment because they can sit in the comfort of their own home.

If you’re living in a loud or unsafe environment, there are ways to feel safe having online therapy.  An online therapist can offer you some suggestions to help you find or secure a comfortable space.  If you are being isolatedby an abusive person, please reach out for emergency help through your nearest crisis centre or shelter.

Here are some of the benefits and enjoyments of online therapy

1. No travel time

You can use the time that you saved travelling on something relaxing.

2. Getting Comfy

You can get comfortable! You can sit in your favourite chair, sofa, or be in your favourite room. You can put your feet up and settle into your favourite place to relax. You might feel more comfortable at home to speak about the things that you are most anxious or carry the most emotional load.

3. Comfort Drink

You can make your comfort drink. You can drink your tea or sip your comfort drink while you hydrate during your session.

4. Four Legged Friends

Your pet can be with you – Your pet can comfort you while you speak about some of the more stressful or traumatic things that have been on your mind.

5. Comfort Item

You can hold your comfort item. Some people have a cuddly pillow, blanket or item that comforts them when they are stressed.

6. Essential Oils

You can use your essential oils, or another scent to calm the room. Certain smells can be comforting.

7. Lighting

You can dim or brighten the lights. You have more control over your environment and can adjust the lighting to the setting that relaxes you

8. Technology

You can practice using technology. This is an excellent time to practice setting up internet meetings and solving how you best feel comfortable and on what platform

Most therapists offer online sessions, and most treatments can be done online, including EMDR.


You can book a Skype Session with me. If you would like to explore online therapy, please contact me on +852 2521 4668 or email 

Category(s):Anger Management, Anxiety, Caregiver Issues / Stress, Codependency / Dependency, Complex PTSD, Depression, Divorce / Divorce Adjustment, Ending a relationship issues, Fear, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Relationships & Marriage, Social Isolation

Written by:

Dr Monica Borschel

Registered Clinical Psychologist (HK)

Dr. Borschel specializes in Attachment, trauma and Loss. She is experienced in helping adults, teens, children, and families adjust to anxiety, trauma, abuse, divorce, separation, loss of a loved one, and loss of finance. This may include deciding what is in the best interest of the children during custody disputes, strengthening the relationship and communication between the parents and the children.

From Nov 2020 Dr. Borschel is only available for online consultations.

Dr. Borschel’s attachment-based therapy along with EMDR and Brainspotting enables her clients to find healing within themselves. In so doing, she can help her clients to overcome anxiety, trauma, neglect, emotional, verbal, physical abuse, and child abuse.

Furthermore, as an attachment specialist, she also helps individuals understand relationship patterns which prevent them from developing or maintaining healthy relationships. She is able to help reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and promote confidence and self-esteem.

Dr. Borschel is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York City. She later moved to Hong Kong to pursue her doctorate at the University of Hong Kong in Social Work and Social Administration.

Registered Clinical Psychologist with The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology (HKSCP). Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), The British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA).

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