I’m currently using Zoom and Skype for sessions, as well as telephone for those who prefer it. If you haven’t had counselling online before, it can be daunting and may feel a little strange at first. I hope that in time you’ll get used to it, and maybe enjoy the advantages of being able to have sessions from your own home.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of online counselling.
- Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. This may be difficult if you share your home, so plan ahead and ask others not to interrupt you.
- Close down any programs that may slow down your computer, and turn off any notifications that may distract you.
- You may want to use headphones for privacy and better sound quality.
- Try not to do anything you wouldn’t in a face-to-face session such as eat, drink alcohol or play music. Do bring some water or a hot drink.
- Give yourself time before the session to set up your computer and your room. And give yourself time afterwards to process the session: at least five minutes to sit quietly, write in your journal, make a cup of tea or go for a walk, for example, before getting on with the rest of your day.