Online Therapy - things to consider....
Right now is a time when lots of us are feeling the need for some extra support , or maybe you are finding you're faced with the prospect of changing the way you interact with your counsellor or therapist moving forward. This might feel strange initially, however moving your sessions online can have some great benefits. Below are some points to consider before committing to online support.
Its really important that you feel comfortable in the setting you are in and able to have your session in that space. Think a bit about the reasons you are looking for support right now and just double check with yourself that you are OK with talking about them in the space you are in. Sometimes it can be upsetting and difficult in therapy but your therapist should be experienced enough to recognise and support you through this. Try and make sure that you cannot be overheard and that there won't be any interruptions during your session time. Headphone or earphones can sometimes help to stay focused on whats being discussed and limit other external distractions.
The good thing about this is that you don't need to go anywhere so travel issues are significantly reduced. Just have a think about where in your home might be best to set up so you can both see each other clearly, away from windows is best to reduce glare and if you are worried about your surroundings try and put yourself in-front of a flat wall or nestled in a corner for comfort and containment.
This doesn't have to be fancy! You can chat on Zoom and Whatsapp on most modern phones or through computers and laptops. Think about what you might be able to use that you already have at your fingertips. There is also the option to talk to someone on the phone if you would prefer which is also an option which can be accessed anywhere, as long as you are comfortable (see point one).
But what about making artwork?
Creating Space specialises in Art Therapy and making artwork to aid self expression is still possible - especially with a video chat option through Zoom. Before your session starts try and gather together some materials you can use if you want to whilst you are chatting - even if its a just a pencil and some paper. You may be surprised what you have lying around the house to make artwork with. Any pencil crayons, pencils or felt tip pens of coloured paper would be a great start. I'm planning another blog post about art materials you can find at home really soon! You can also make images between sessions before or after to share with your therapist if that's something you find helpful.
An online based session is really not that much different to a session you would normally have, it gives you the opportunity to share your feelings and feel connected and supported in your own home and in times like this this can be a valuable resource.
Have you experienced online support before? How did you find it? Do you have any hints or tips for anybody considering it? Do you have any advice for people who still aren't sure? Please feel free to leave these in the comments below. Or feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them.
If you are interested in looking at some Zoom support in your home at this time then please get in touch and we would be happy to talk about your options with you with no obligation.
Look out for more blog posts from us really soon :)
Take care, be kind and stay safe