Tips and tricks to make your teletherapy session more effective, comfortable, and engaging.
“Your teletherapy environment can make or break your experience and the effectiveness of a good therapeutic experience”
1. Chose a reliable device
First step is choosing a good, reliable device to complete your session. A laptop or desktop computer, with video and audio capabilities is required for a traditional video-based teletherapy session.
A smartphone will work in a pinch, but is not recommended. Network connections can be easily disrupted, causing more frequent interruptions. Also, phone calls, text messages, and other notifications can be distracting. If a smartphone is your only option, it is best to put your phone in "Do Not Disturb" mode, and connect to a strong Wi-Fi network.
2. Make sure you have good internet connection
A strong and consistent internet connection is essential to avoid disconnections and interruptions in your session. A wired connection is best, utilizing an ethernet cable, but a strong Wi-Fi connection can be just as good.
The network connection on your smartphone can be used as a last resort, but is not recommended as first choice. If possible, connect your phone to a strong Wi-Fi network.
3. Find a quiet and private space
Try to emulate a therapeutic office when possible. Avoid spaces/areas that may contain distractions (i.e., busy parking lots, in front of the TV) or stressors. A dedicated space for therapy is recommended if possible. This can be a corner of your bedroom/living area of your house or another dedicated space that may be underused in your daily life.
4. Get comfortable
Nobody wants to talk about tough stuff when they aren't physically comfortable! So grab a comfy blanket, a furry support animal, and a hot tea or glass of water.
5. Maximize your input and output
It can be helpful to keep a journal or utilize your notes app outside of therapy to note things to discuss during your session. This can help you stay focused on what important experiences/thoughts occurred during the week that may need to be discussed.
You can also take notes during session as well, for anything that you want to specifically note, or ponder more after the session. This may be beneficial for more outside reflection between your sessions.