There are many different reasons why clients may opt for a video or phone therapy session. For some, it may be a personal preference. For others, they may have a tight schedule, live far away or are confined to their homes. Regardless of the reason, studies show that virtual therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy sessions… if done right!
How to get the most out of your video or phone session:
- Check your internet ahead of the scheduled session – ensure your internet is not only connected, but also capable of supporting the video platform being used.
- Ensure your phone / computer is charged!
- Find an area for your session that is private, comfortable, and quiet. If you live with others, this might look like planning your session for a time when you have the place to yourself. This might also entail sharing with others you will unavailable at the time of your session. Finally, wearing headphones or using sound machines can help to keep your conversation more private.
- Find a well-lit space – it is important for therapists to be able to see you to read your facial expressions, body language, etc!
- Get rid of distractions. Although it might be tempting to check a text or web browser during your session, the less engaged you are with your session the less effective it will be.
- Have comfort items nearby. Examples include water, tea, or kleenex.
- Consider 30 minute sessions if time or space is difficult for an hour session
- Reach out to your therapist ahead of time if you have any concerns regarding telehealth therapy sessions.
If you are interested in starting counselling, reach out today at 403-454-7600. To book an apt. with Brittney Giacchetta, click here.