I am currently using either Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime video calls. I am happy to consider any other platform you might find prefer, but I suggest we stick to webcam-based calls as this is the closest to face-to-face therapy which is the medium I have been trained in.
Speaking into a webcam can be daunting for some people. My hope is that over time you will get used to it – and even possibly prefer it – since there is no commute time and in most cases you can enjoy the comfort of your own home. However, it is not for everyone – an initial consultation is advisable to try it out first.
Tips and guidelines on getting the most out of online therapy:
- 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.
- Similarly, try not to do anything you wouldn’t normally do in a face-to-face session, such as eat, drink alcohol, or play music. This will dilute the experience for you and make it more difficult for both of us to work in a clear-headed way.
- 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.
Please note that if you have a regular online appointment with me, it may not be transferable to face-to-face work due to room rental restrictions. Therefore, it may be that if we have begun sessions online, this is the format through which we continue the entirety of the work together.