HOW TO PREPARE FOR ONLINE THERAPY
CHECK YOUR CONNECTION
When working within an area with a weaker connection, it can sometimes help to connect via a cable. Should we lose a connection during the session, we can troubleshoot together and try a phone call, as a backup.
CHOOSE YOUR SPACE
How you arrive at therapy is no different from meeting in-person or meeting online. Create a confidential and calm space where you will be undisturbed for a minimum of one hour. This may mean that you stop working 15-10 minutes before we meet and, that you inform others in your home that you will need some privacy for this period. Whilst a public space may be convenient, you are likely to have less control over your environment.
Close all work-related documents and alerts on your device. Headphones can be useful to remove any external noises. Remember that this time if for you, it can take time to switch modes. To make the most of therapy, consider what you need to do to engage fully.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE
Being too hot or too cold, hungry, or thirsty, can become another distraction. In my consulting room, I usually have water and tissues and take time to adjust lighting and temperature. You may want to consider what you need to ease into the session.
WORKING WITH OTHERS IN THE ROOM
When working online with a couple or a family, I encourage them all to use the online chat facility if they have things to say but are struggling to find the spoken word. I also encourage families and couples to get creative and draw/write what can be shown on screen and used during therapy.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have.