Therapy from the comfort of your own home
You might not have been aware of telehealth prior to COVID-19, but people choose to do therapy via online video sessions for a variety of reasons. Some potential benefits of telehealth vs in-person therapy include:
- No traffic (which is often anxiety-inducing) or lost time from commuting
- Health concerns
Here are some tips for a better telehealth experience.
As much as possible, pick a location that’s private and where you feel comfortable. Ideally, you don’t want to be interrupted or overheard by your kids, housemates, boss, (etc.) or pet (although if your pet is a comforting presence, you might want to try out therapy with them nearby). This could be on your porch or couch, office or bedroom, or even in a closet (with a lamp) or your car. Some people like to use headphones.
If you work from home, it can be helpful to do therapy in a different place so that it doesn’t feel so much like you’re still at work.
*If you choose to do therapy in your car, your car must be parked for the duration of your session. It is incredibly unsafe to do therapy while driving.*
Turn off distractions before session. This includes closing out or minimizing other tabs/apps and turning off the TV.
You’ll need a device with a front-facing camera and microphone (such as a cell phone, tablet or computer) and decent internet connection. If you’re using wifi, moving closer to the router or plugging into the ethernet can help. Your cell data might also work.
Charge your device in advance, and if you use a cell phone, go ahead and keep it plugged in.
It can also help to test out your equipment in advance to make sure everything’s working and you feel comfortable with the platform.
Pick a spot with good lighting so that I can see your face. Aim to position your device so that your screen is about at eye level and stationary, so that you don’t have to worry about holding onto it and I don’t get motion sick 🙂
What to wear:
Dress comfortably! You don’t have to dress up, but please do get dressed 🙂
“I’m surprised at how connected I feel through telehealth. I was worried it would feel weird, but I love it!“