Dr. Jacobs was thoughtful and measured in her response, emphasizing the trade-off that has come with going virtual. While she might not be able to feel her patients’ presence in the same way, she’s beginning to see them in a “wider context” as they walk her around their childhood bedrooms and introduce her to their spouses and children. She’s also noticed that doing therapy at home makes her patients more likely to take action on their issues. “They’re talking about long-standing, unhealthy dynamics with their parents and then, when the session ends, immediately walking out of their rooms and attempting to change them.” Julia McAnuff, a registered associate MFT, views telehealth as an innovation, a “window into [her] patient’s lives.” She’s even noticed many of her patients taking more emotional risks as a result of being in the 2020 woman yelling at baby yoda ugly christmas sweatshirt of their at-home environment.
Yaya Mazurkevich Nuñez, a 29-year-old creative producer, was diagnosed with bipolar type II five years ago and has been in and out of therapy since she was 15. She had stopped in 2017, but started again in June of this year “when the uprisings began,” she said. “I knew I had to start seeing someone again at that point.” Mazurkevich Nuñez was also having trouble leaving the 2020 woman yelling at baby yoda ugly christmas sweatshirt, an anxiety that began to manifest itself after her cousin passed away and was only exacerbated by the pandemic. She has found telehealth invaluable—during this period in which going outside can feel stressful—after starting sessions with someone new. “She’s Middle Eastern, she’s a mom, and I feel like, for the first time, there’s someone who really wants to understand who I am.” Typically, Mazurkevich Nuñez explained, her psychiatrists would take 15 minutes “to solve you.” Instead, she’s found “this therapist wants to go deeper; our sessions are 45 minutes long, sometimes an hour.” Mazurkevich Nuñez is unsure if she’ll ever return to therapy in real life. “I don’t have to worry about the logistics of getting there with Zoom, which is huge.”