Can you imagine there was a direct psychological intervention, through video call, in cases of sexist violence? Can you imagine that a team of psychologists and psychologists was available to every woman who suffers gender violence and asks for immediate help?
This idea is not as crazy as it seems. In fact, it begins to be a reality. But to deepen the idea that online psychology can help women victims of gender violence a lot, it is necessary to clarify how.
- 1 What is Online Psychology?
- 2 What can online therapy do to combat gender violence?
- 3 The 'Online Psychology 2.0'
What is Online Psychology?
Online psychology is described as psychological intervention through telematic means. These means, in essence, are reduced to four formats: therapy through email, therapy through instant messaging (or chat), therapy through phone calls or therapy through video calling.
The new forms of communication allow to overcome barriers that until a few years ago we conceived as unsurpassed, such as distance. With a mobile device, tablet or computer we can communicate with anyone, wherever they are.
It is especially important to choose what format to use when deciding to go to a psychologist who passes online consultation. The key element in psychology therapies, whatever it is, is the communication. The more the communication flows, both verbal and nonverbal, the more information we can obtain and give and, therefore, the more complete the intervention will be.
Given the formats, described above, online therapy where more information is provided and obtained is therapy through video call. Why? Because it allows us something that no other online format can; access the nonverbal communication of the patient or client.
What can online therapy do to combat gender violence?
As we know, sexist violence is a specific type of violence. This type of violence occurs in a circular way. We call this dynamic the cycle of gender violence. In this cycle, the tension escalation phase, the explosion phase (aggression and tension at the highest point) and the honeymoon or regret phase are distinguished, after which the cycle begins again.
When a woman tries to leave this cycle, asking for help, it is important that a space be provided, either physical or virtual, in which you can express your emotions freely, without feeling judged and without receiving empty and useless advice, and in which you receive adequate guidance, carried out by qualified professionals. Video call therapy is one of the best options.
The advantage it offers with respect to face-to-face therapy is that therapy can be carried out much more immediately and discreetly. Discretion and speed of intervention are key to helping women who have suffered sexist violence. Many of these women ask for help after an aggression with the intention of leaving the cycle of violence, but when living the honeymoon phase they go back and decide to give their partner a chance. Therefore, it is important that when an abused woman asks for help after being assaulted, the intervention is carried out as soon as possible, to strengthen the decision to leave the cycle of violence and not back down at the beginning of the repentance phase of the aggressor. In addition, the woman who asks for help will only need a device with an internet connection, regardless of the site from which she has the video call.
The 'Online Psychology 2.0'
In the United States there are platforms such as www.betterhelp.com or www.talkspace.com, which have millions of users who have been online for years. In Spain, online psychology clinics are beginning to be born, such as www.psiko.es, with a format similar to these. These types of platforms have assumed and assume the responsibility of fighting against this social scourge, taking advantage of their resources.
It is no longer enough to go through a video call consultation in a particular way, taking advantage of this to fill the agenda. It is no longer enough to have to tell the patient to pay by transfer and to install a program (which does not have to know how to use and that would take longer). Now, Online Psychology clinics must have the integrated, intuitive, accessible, discreet and secure call.
Online psychology 2.0 is no longer a psychologist who uses an app with video calling. Nor does it consist of an intermediary platform that puts users in contact with professionals through a database. Online psychology 2.0 is carried out through platforms with its own team, prepared and specialized in this format. This way of doing psychological therapy is here to stay, and things like gender violence are going to be fought more effectively.