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Online EMDR Therapy

Updated: Jan 28

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that can be conducted either in person or online. While online therapy has become more prevalent, it's essential that we ensured certain requirements were met in order to deliver you with effective, ethical online EMDR sessions. We have outlined how we have met certain ethical requirements below:

Secure data protection and Compliant with Canadian Privacy Laws-The privacy law for allied health businesses in Canada is  The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and in BC, clinics follow PIPA BC Personal Information Protection Act -Compliant Platform:

  • At Mental Blocks EMDR Therapy, we use the secure and PIPEDA and PIPA compliant Jane App video conferencing platform to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of your information

  • Informed Consent:

  • We obtain informed consent from you specifically addressing the use of our online platforms for EMDR therapy in order to convey the potential risks and benefits of online therapy

  • Technological Requirements:

  • That both our therapists and the clients have access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection to prevent disruptions during sessions.

  • Use devices with cameras and microphones capable of providing a clear audio and visual experience

  • Comfortable and Private Environment:

  • We encourage clients to participate in sessions from a private and comfortable space where they are unlikely to be interrupted or overheard

  • Therapist Training:

  • The therapists at Mental Blocks EMDR Therapy are trained in both EMDR therapy, continue taking advanced trainings and are aware of the unique considerations for delivering ethical therapy online

  • Assessment of Suitability:

  • We explore the client's suitability for online therapy, considering factors such as the nature of their trauma and their ability to engage effectively through a digital platform

  • Backup Plan:

  • Having a backup plan in case of technical difficulties. This may include having a phone number for the client, an alternative video platform or a plan for rescheduling if needed

  • Documentation and Record-Keeping:

  • Maintaining clear and accurate records of online sessions, including any modifications made to the therapy plan due to the online format

  • Crisis Management:

  • Development of a clear plan for managing crises or emergencies that may arise during online sessions, including information on how to contact emergency services if necessary

  • Follow Legal and Ethical Guidelines:

  • Adhere to legal and ethical guidelines set by professional boards and organizations when providing online therapy.

As EMDR therapists, we aim to stay informed about any updates or changes in regulations related to online therapy in BC and our professional organization BCACC. Additionally, we continue to develop professionally by taking advanced trainings and engage in consultation to enhance our  skills and stay current with best practices in both EMDR therapy and online therapy.

Please email us by using the link below to arrange a complimentary consultation to learn more about our services delivering online EMDR Therapy in either English or French. We look forward to speaking with you soon and thank you for your consideration.

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