The pandemic in recent years has led to an increase in the use of video conferencing technologies for psychological treatment and counseling. However, the significance of eye contact is a factor that is frequently disregarded in this situation. According to research, maintaining eye contact during video chats can greatly enhance therapy session effectiveness and overall communication.
According to a University of California study, patients who engage in eye contact with their therapists during video conferencing sessions felt more at ease and trusted them more. According to the study, making eye contact with the therapist fosters a feeling of involvement and connection, which improves the therapeutic relationship and the therapy's efficacy.
Another study by the University of South Wales discovered that making eye contact during therapy helps with general communication and comprehension. According to the study, therapists who maintained eye contact more frequently during video sessions were better able to persuade patients to understand and participate in therapy.
Making eye contact during video conversations has been found in studies to improve therapeutic relationships and communication as well as lessen patients' feelings of loneliness and isolation. Eye contact between patients and their therapist can help to lessen the sense of separation that is a typical problem in video therapy sessions, according to research from the University of Illinois.
Making eye contact during video chats for psychology can therefore greatly enhance the therapeutic relationship overall, communication, and feelings.