How to get ready for online therapy
Updated: Jan 24, 2022
Online therapy is a very effective form of getting professional support. It has been shown that online therapy works as good if not better than standard face to face therapy. Accessing online therapy can reduce the time you would otherwise spend travelling, which consequently helps you save money, reduce pollution, achieve better life balance, having access to a greater number of professionals from within the country as well as international specialists, amongst many other benefits. In this brief article, I will provide a checklist of things you may wish to check before entering online therapy.
Things to consider before entering a therapeutic relationship:
Ensure that your therapist is registered with a professional body e.g. CNCH, BACP, UKC etc.
Ask your therapist if he or she is qualified to deliver therapy online e.g. completed telephone and Online counselling courses.
Arrange a first zoom/phone call to see if you are a good fit with your therapist.
Things to consider before each session:
Make sure that a device you are using for the sessions is in working order and have appropriate communication software installed e.g. Zoom, internet browser.
Make sure that you have enough battery for the session and/or have a charger available if needed.
Turn off all unnecessary notifications, new texts, incoming calls or social media notifications can have an impact on the flow of the session, try to switch off all of the notifications before, if you don’t know how to do it, ask your therapist for support with it.
Get a glass or bottle of water, hydration is really important and has a profound impact on your wellbeing, make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
Get some tissues, therapy is a journey and some sessions can be emotional, please have some tissues at hand when you need them.
Don’t worry about background, your therapist will not judge even if you consider that you have a mess behind you, of course, if this makes you more comfortable you can blur your background or have a video off entirely.
Ensure you have access to quiet space and will not be disturbed, if you don’t access to such a space within your home, a car or a garage can be an option, avoid public spaces such as a coffee shop. If you are not sure how to arrange a space, please talk to your therapist for further information.
Of course, the list is not exhaustive. Please share your opinions and tips in the comments section below. I do value your experience and look forward to hearing from you.
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