How to prepare for online therapy sessions with me
The benefits of online therapy sessions
The beauty of online therapy sessions is that you can be as far away from me as Tasmania, but still feel like you are just down the road. And in times like these, the added bonus is that you can be as infectious as you like but not transmit the illness through the phone line.
It’s also really convenient if you have limited time as it saves the drive time. And you don’t even have to leave your living room if you’re someone who doesn’t like to leave the house.
30 years of research show that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. If you are worried about the technology, give me a call and I’ll talk you through it.
During mentally testing times, keeping up your regular therapy sessions online is going to help. We can talk about your fears, your anxiety and how isolation is impacting you. We can do breathing exercises and movement to help down-regulate your nervous system, shake off the tension and help you feel a lot more grounded and connected.
I’ve been offering clients the option of online therapy sessions for several years. I also see my own therapist online because she lives in New York, so I’m really used to this medium.
Here are the few short steps you need to do to prepare for online therapy with me:
Book an appointment
Book an appointment using my online diary. Select the “Online” option and then select the date and time that suits you.
You can also call/sms me on 0450 22 00 59 if prefer me to do it for you.
Download Zoom or Skype to your computer/laptop/tablet/phone
Zoom and Skype are free video conferencing software. Skype is a Microsoft product. Zoom works on both Microsoft and Apple.
You can download FREE versions of Skype and Zoom. You just need to create an account.
The larger the screen the better
We can have a session using your phone if you don’t have access to a laptop/computer. But the bigger the screen, the better you will be able to see me.
If you’re using a phone, make sure you have books/shelves/window ledge or something you can lean it up against so you can have your hands free.
Tell me your Skype ID or the email you have used to sign up to Zoom
My Skype ID is: sarah.tuckett.ipod (don’t ask….. I set it up 10 years ago in a technophobic moment). I will send you a ‘Skype friend request’ prior to our meeting so that we are connected.
For Zoom, please tell me the email address you want me to send your email invite to. I have the paid version of Zoom so that I can schedule our video calls in advance and send you an invite. It also means that I can hold multi-party calls with up to 100 participants.
At the time of your online therapy session
For Skype, I will ‘call’ you at the appointment time.
For Zoom, I will send you an email invite prior to the session with the meeting link on it. Click on the link to open up the ‘meeting’. Type in the password and you’ll be let into the meeting.
The link will come through in the email with info like this. Click on the link I have highlighted below in purple font, and it will open up in Zoom meetings:
Find a quiet space
Make sure you are in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted. The aim is to find a safe, confidential space for you to talk, just as if you were in my studio. For that reason, make sure someone else is looking after the kids/pets and you will not be interrupted. (Personal note. I find that cats are total drama queens as soon as you start a call and start wandering in front of the camera.)
Make sure there is space for you to stand up and lie down on the floor so that we can do breathwork and movement without you stubbing your toe or tripping over something. For this reason, sitting in your car is not ideal.
Bedrooms and living rooms are great.
Make sure you have the volume up on your computer speakers.
Plugin your computer/phone so that it doesn’t shut off halfway through.
Ensure you check the microphone is working on your computer. If you have trouble with this, use the headphones that are usually supplied with your smart phone (they usually have a microphone on them).
If technology fails us, then I will call you using my mobile and we can talk it through on the phone.
So that’s it. If you have any questions give me a call on 0450 22 00 59. I look forward to supporting you online during these tricky times.
Sarah x (virtual handshake/hug/elbow bump!)
One final request – please wear trousers! 😉