What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy is the same as traditional face-to-face therapy but with the added convenience of not having to travel or take time off to attend sessions. Zoom video-conferencing allows you to access online therapy from the comfort of your own home or even when abroad. Wherever you are you can enjoy the flexibly of online therapy through your phone, tablet or computer. Just follow the simple steps below to help you get started. Remember that online therapy can be used in combination with face-to-face therapy sessions.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Before you start Online Therapy you will need a computer with a webcam. Most newer laptops have built-in webcams but you can buy a webcam for a desktop computer fairly cheaply. You may also want to consider using a headset (headphones with a built-in microphone) for improved audio and sound quality. If you do not have a computer you can attend virtual appointments using a tablet or smart phone.
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing software that lets you attend your virtual appointment even if you do not have an account. If you have not used Zoom before you can access further information by clicking on the Zoom button below.
You will be emailed an internet link, meeting ID and password with your appointment details.
DO A TEST CALL
For Zoom to work well, you need a moderately fast broadband internet connection. It's a good idea to test Zoom on your computer before you have your first therapy session. Zoom has a Test Meeting function https://zoom.us/test
PREPARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
You will need a nice quiet environment for therapy. Make sure you have eliminated any background noise and distractions such as a TV or radio.
You will need your face to be well lit from the front. Try sitting facing a window. If this is not possible and your window is behind you, try closing the curtains and turn a light on in the room.