Online therapy, online counselling, and online CBT make it possible for you to have therapy appointments at a location convenient to you. It can sometimes be difficult to attend therapy on a specific day of the week or at a specific location. You may be a busy parent or professional who has to juggle other demands for your time. Online therapy makes it possible for you to have therapy in the comfort of your own home, in your own office, or from anywhere in the world if you are travelling. You can be in any city, county, or country in the world.
The benefits of having your sessions online include:
- Save time – you do not have to travel to/from appointments.
- Save money – no parking fees or other transportation costs.
- Greater choice of appointment times.
- You can be in any location in the world that has a good, reliable internet connection.
- More choice – you can choose to communicate using video-to-video, voice-only, or text-only options.
How does it work?
Although online therapy is certainly a different experience to face-to-face appointments, holding sessions online can be just as effective and soulful. Online Therapy works in much the same way as it would for in-person appointments. You can choose to have video-to-video sessions, or voice-only sessions. Some people prefer to have text-based discussions instead, especially if you initially find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling.
Online therapy appointments work in the same way to in-person appointments, that is, you arrange a time for your session, and ‘meet’ online using Zoom. This is a FREE app that can be installed on any PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or tablet device.
How to get started
- Arrange an appointment: book an appointment by calling 07857 741271 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download Zoom: Zoom is a FREE app that works a bit like Skype and Facetime. You can download it to your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet device. You can download zoom from https://zoom.us/
- Join the session: You will receive an email on the day of your appointment that will contain a link for you to use to join the session.
How to make the most of online therapy
Time: Try to ‘arrive’ 5 minutes or so before the session and allow 10 minutes free time after the session. Travelling to sessions allows some reflective time before and after. In the absence of this it is really good to give a bit of time for reflection before and after sessions. It’s so tempting to rush from one thing to another with technology. Some reflective time before and after will really help you get the most out of your session.
Privacy: As far as possible be in a quiet space free from distractions where you will not be overheard, and where others in the property will know to leave you in privacy for the duration of the session.
Focus: Please do not engage in other activity (eg cooking) or caring responsibilities during the session.
Setting: Find comfortable seating and set up the camera so that you can be seen facing the screen. Give some thought to what will seen of your home and how that might feel. Phones or laptops are more stable propped up rather than hand held.
Technical breakdown: Ideally ensure the equipment is fully charged before the session. If the WiFi drops I will attempt twice to reconnect and if this fails switch to phone or audio.
Notifications: Switch off notifications on the phone or laptop to avoid distractions – visual and auditory.
Therapy on the phone
If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection and/or prefer to speak on the phone instead, it is possible to have therapy appointments by telephone instead. It works in the same way as face-to-face appointments or online appointments.