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. Skype 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 could consider downloading Skype onto a tablet or smart phone.
YOUR SKYPE ACCOUNT
Ensure Skype is downloaded and installed on your device. Once you've signed up for Skype, make sure you give me your 'Skype name', so that I can add you to my address book and call you at the agreed appointment time.
Your Skype name is the username you use to log in. Once you're in Skype, your username can be found at the top left of the Skype window.
DO A TEST CALL
For Skype to work well, you need a moderately fast broadband internet connection. It's a good idea to test Skype on your computer before you have your first therapy session.
Skype has a built-in 'test call', that you can dial and then test whether you've got a clear connection.
It's also a good idea to call a friend or family member, and check the quality of the video call.
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.