Home-based Therapy

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For my first ten years as a therapist I worked with clients in an office. This is what we tend to think of with mental health therapy. But, I now see this model as flawed.

If I am having problems with my car I can take it to the mechanic, describe what is wrong and ask them to fix it. But, I would be disappointed if they did not, first, take it for a test drive and experience the problem themselves. Without their experienced first-hand observations the work is simply not as reliable.

Home-based therapy, also referred to as in-home therapy or mobile therapy, is like taking the car for a test drive. An experienced therapist learns a lot from a client’s home environment and can more effectively help the client achieve their goals.

Home-based therapy has been more cost effective for my clients.  With the improved quality of therapeutic insight I gain from working in the home, clients achieve goals using less sessions than they would with office visits. While home-visits can cost more per session, your total direct & indirect costs may be the same.

Client’s can benefit from home-based therapy:

  • More accurate observation of relationship dynamics with parents, carers, house mates and supports.
  • Improved level of trust between client and therapist.
  • Allows clients, especially younger clients, to have short “breaks” during the session time.
  • More flexibility in the session for participant’s current mood and/or capacity.
  • People tend to be more open and genuine when discussing personal information when in their home.
  • Less cancellations when when client’s do not need to account for their own travel time to appointments.
  • More reliable long-term outcomes.
When a private conversations can’t be had at a home, we will find somewhere in the community to meet, such as a park or cafe.