As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, I have decided to move my practice completely to online sessions at this time.
I know that many people have not done therapy online before and this might feel a little daunting so I have included some information below which I hope will make this a little easier.
Finding The Right Space
Find a space where you won’t be disturbed and you can speak freely without worrying about being overheard. For some people, especially those with housemates or family members, this can involve getting creative.
Find somewhere to sit or lay down that feels comfortable. When you are working through things in your session, the last thing you want to be thinking about is how uncomfortable your chair is.
Before And After Your Session
When you come to see me in my office you usually have a few minutes in the waiting room beforehand and a walk back to your car, train or bus after the session. These brief periods of transition in and out of therapy are important as they give you a moment to get ready for and process the session. Try to give yourself a few minutes before and after your online session.
Considering Your Technology
What Device to Use.
Think about whether you are going to be most comfortable on a computer, smart phone or tablet. Also consider where you can place your device in the session. Holding a phone up to your face for 50 minutes may become uncomfortable pretty quickly.
Silence Notifications on Your Device.
Turn off notifications on your device throughout the session. You don’t want to be in a situation where you are talking about something important and you are interrupted by a phone call or email alert.
Using headphones that have a microphone can improve sound quality for both you and me. It also makes the session a little more private as anyone around you will only be able to hear one half of the conversation. For some people this may not be an option or it might be too uncomfortable which is fine, but if you can, you might find that it improves the quality of the session.
Expect Glitches Every Now and Then.
Because we are relying on technology, there are a few more opportunities for things to go wrong. This can include, slow Internet resulting in audio lag, screen freezing or even the call dropping out. If it becomes something that hinders the session we can use the phone as a backup.
Let me help you
If you have any concerns or worries about online sessions let me know and we can see if there are any solutions we can come up with. I can also walk you through any technology worries if needed. We are in it together and I’m here to help!