If you are used to sitting across from your therapists in a face-to-face meeting, then virtual therapy may take some getting used to. However, virtual therapy is here to stay, and your therapists will probably be working from home most of the time.
On top of that, online therapy allows people in rural or remote areas to access the mental health information they need. That being so, here are simple tips for making your virtual therapy session as comfortable as possible.
Create a Private Area for Your Virtual Therapy Sessions
Creating a private area where you can engage with your therapist without interruption is essential. However, if you have children, a partner, or others you live with, you may need to think outside of the box.
For instance, it is not always possible to find a nice and quiet spot inside your home, so you may need to go outside to your car, the park, or even your balcony before attending your virtual therapy sessions. As long as you can express yourself freely without worrying about being overheard or disturbed, any quiet spot you choose will be fine, whether it is indoors or outdoors.
Take the Time to Prepare Yourself Mentally
Before each virtual therapy session, give yourself time to prepare emotionally. Keep in mind that when most people visit their therapists, they often have a few quiet moments in the waiting room before being called in. Similarly, you may need at least five minutes to put the finishing touches to your private space or to get comfortable, calm your thoughts, and review your last talk with your therapist while also noting new topics you would like to address once the session begins.
Ensure Your Internet Connection Is Stable
Virtual therapy sessions rely on a strong internet connection, so be sure to double-check that all is well, whether you are using Wi-Fi, data, or your phone. Additionally, make sure your laptop or smart device is fully charged and you have everything on hand (you may need your headphones, water bottle, pen, notepad, etc.).
Be Yourself and Provide Helpful Feedback
Therapists and patients all over the world are adapting to virtual sessions, but it only works if you can be comfortable in your surroundings. If something is not working out for you, be honest with your therapist. For instance, you may feel that their background is too distracting. Whatever it is, remain your authentic self, so you can truly benefit from the sessions.
When you feel prepared to begin your virtual therapy journey, be sure to consult with Collective Counseling Solutions to find and connect with the perfect therapist for you.