Getting the most out of online therapy:
Note: due to Covid-19 I am only offering online sessions for the foreseeable future.
- Ensure you have adequate broadband speed to allow for a fifty minute video call.
- Find a quiet place where you can have as much privacy as possible. This could be a challenge if you share your home with others, so make sure to agree with them that you will not be disturbed.
- Be sure to close programs that slow down your computer, and turn off notifications that could be distracting.
- Along those lines, you may wish to use headphones for privacy, and also better sound quality.
- Have your screen on a stable surface, and make sure your room is well-lit and your face is clearly visible in the camera.
- Remember that online appointments are as much a commitment as face-to-face appointments, and the 24h cancellation policy still applies.
- If you can, try to give yourself some padding time before and after sessions. This would naturally be built-in to in-person sessions due to the commute. I suggest up to ten minutes at the start to set up your software and environment, and at least ten minutes at the end to process what has been said before getting on with the rest of your day/evening.