Teletherapy in the Time of COVID-19
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.