• Kelly Hurley

Teletherapy in the Time of COVID-19

Updated: 6 days ago

As a client, I'm sure you are wondering...what do I need in order to do therapy on a video conferencing platform? Here are some helpful tips for preparing for your first video session. Or, if you have already had a few sessions, what could make future session less of a hassle?

  • For your confidentiality, use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi. Also, you will need a strong wi-fi signal.

  • Confirm that your therapist will not be recording the session (good ones will not!).

  • Find a quiet, private space that is as free from distractions as possible. Use your car in the garage….or parked one house over (so you can stay connected to your wifi). Find a good shade tree if necessary!

  • Keep a box of Kleenex on hand—just in case. We both need to accept that tears will probably happen at some point.

  • Do not allow others to be in the room with your during your session unless you make an agreement with your therapist that they will be there.

  • Be prepared to create a safety plan with your therapist that could include who will need to be called in case of various emergencies.

If you are using a laptop with a camera & sound built in, this is probably the easiest equipment. You don't need many extras. And, the most important thing is the strength and safety of your wi-fi connection!

If you want to use your phone, I would strongly suggest also using your headphones or earbuds. This will allow more privacy and better audio.

Using an iPad or tablet device is also a great option and offers a larger screen. Again, a good pair of earphones can help a great deal with privacy and audio.

Now, for your basic desktop computer needs, definitely, a camera and microphone. You can get a good one at BestBuy or Amazon on-line. They are making the cameras & microphones in one unit these days. In the past, you would have had to purchase them separately.

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