Nervous About Virtual Counseling?
Are you nervous about virtual counseling? Many services that used to happen in person have changed to be virtual or remote during this pandemic to protect our health.
Of course, some of those services were definitely better in person during pre-pandemic times, but what about video conferencing psychotherapy? If you’re considering online services, you’re likely wondering if it’s as effective as the in person service you’re used to.
We’re happy to report that there are studies from well-regarded journals like the Journal of Technology & Human Services, Journal or Affective Disorders, Journal of Psychological Disorders and the Journal of Behaviour Research & Therapy have all compiled thousands of reviewed studies demonstrating that e-Mental Health Services are just as effective as live face to face psychotherapy!
Tips for Transitioning to e-Mental Health Services:
1. Let your therapist know if you’re nervous!
Often just voicing it out loud helps to reduce it and makes things more comfortable.
2. Don’t be afraid of “awkward” silences!
Pauses and moments of quiet are welcome online, just as they are in person.
3. Distracted by Seeing Yourself?
If you find yourself distracted by looking at yourself, use a sticky note to cover that part of the screen!
4. Lean into the unique parts of e-therapy.
There are some things you can do in online therapy that you can’t do in person. For example: we love being introduced to your furry companions!
5. Be open to sharing your emotions more explicitly
As your therapist we are normally able to observe your bodily cues and facial expressions. This can become more challenging online, so it can be really helpful to begin naming your reactions and emotions in a descriptive way. This is a powerful means to develop greater self-awareness especially done within a safe environment.
6. Don’t be afraid to give your therapist feedback!
We are all learning to adapt to a new “way of being,” so it is important to be your own best advocate in this process. Keep communication open and transparent and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.
7. Location & Wi-Fi
Try to find a private space so that you can attune to yourself, your therapist and the moment. Make sure you have good service or Wi-Fi to reduce any interruptions.
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