This is just a reminder that Online Counselling and Therapy Sessions are available. If you are self quarantined or simply prefer not to go out during this COVID-19 pandemic, please call or email to switch from in-person meetings to online meetings. I prefer ZOOM. You can check out ZOOM.com to get more information about this app. Prior to our scheduled online meeting, I will send you an email link. All you have to do is click on the link and you will be immediately connected to my online session.
Below is a brief article (from 2019) describing some issues regarding online counselling and therapy.
The Benefits of Online Therapy
Is it difficult to get to appointments? Many clients live too far away or are unable to drive to town for appointments. Some are ill and immobile. Others are just not ready to venture out of the house. For whatever reason, online therapy and counselling sessions are becoming more and more popular.
Here’s some of the benefits of an online therapy or counselling meeting:
- Convenient – you don’t have to arrange for transportation.
- Private – you don’t have to make an appointment in a public office.
- Simple – you don’t have to involve other people for rides.
- Time saving – you don’t waste time in transit.
- Comfortable – you can use your favourite chair, blankets, pillow, coffee mug, lighting etc.
- Recordable – you can save a digital copy for future use.
Of course there are pros and cons to this form of therapy.
Here are some of the negatives I’ve noticed with online meetings:
- Internet connections are not always reliable resulting in disconnections.
- Sound systems may not be strong enough. If your microphone or speaker are not strong enough, I may not be able to hear you and you may not be able to hear me well.
- Distraction – your office may be prone to unexpected distractions such as pets, visitors, children, phone calls, etc. At my office, I can control and minimize most of these distractions.
- Clarity – it is a bit more difficult to see and hear one another through digital media.
So online therapy and counselling sessions are not for everyone. However, depending on your circumstances, they may be just right for you. If you are interested in this form of meeting, here are a few tips to make the session as effective as possible.
Tips For A Good Online Session:
- Reduce all distractions – manage pets, children, visitors, phones, alarms, etc.
- Install high speed internet connections. Test your connections prior to the meeting.
- Check all sound systems. I prefer webcams that can be positioned so I can see you clearly.
- Reduce back lighting to prevent over exposure.
- Add adequate front lighting so I can see your facial expressions well.
- Position the camera so I can see your face and hand gestures.
- Use a comfortable chair with appropriate back support. Use pillows if necessary.
- Have a blanket for extra warmth if necessary.
- Turn off stereos, radios, tv’s and other distractions during the meeting
- Set the room temperature to be comfortably warm
- Be hydrated.
- I use Zoom. Zoom seems to be most popular today. Test your Zoom apps before the meeting. You are welcome to call my office to test the hardware and software with my Assistant before the meeting.