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How to prepare for virtual therapy?

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

Congratulations on taking the first step in your therapy journey! Choosing to better your mental health is a commendable decision. Virtual therapy brings the therapeutic experience directly to the comfort and safety of your own space.

Starting therapy can be both exciting and daunting whether in person or virtually. Whether you’re new to therapy or transitioning from in-person sessions to the virtual realm, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure you feel confident and ready to get the most out of each session.

Virtual Therapy

Tip #1 - Before Booking

Choosing the right therapist: Most therapists offer a free initial consultation for you to get a sense of who you’ll be working with. Make sure to take this opportunity to ask questions regarding your topics of interest, their communication style, appointment availabilities, and payment or insurance options.

Tip #2 - Before You Log In

Setting up your virtual therapy space: A benefit of virtual therapy is that you can attend your session anywhere with reliable internet connection. Pick an environment that is comfortable, private, and distraction-free for your sessions.

Setting up your device: Depending on the platform your therapist uses; your session may occur on a website or through an app. Your therapist should provide you with instructions to access the virtual session at the time of your booking. Test it out before your session and ensure your webcam, microphone, and speakers are in working order.

"Don't Panic...technical problems can arise during the session"

Tip #3 - Preparing For Therapy

Mental and emotional checklist: Before each session, jot down any thoughts and feelings you’d like to talk about. Be open and receptive to the therapeutic process that can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster of emotions.

Make time for yourself: Establish a routine to support your therapeutic journey. Consistency is key. Schedule sessions at a convenient time and allocate time for self-reflection before and after your therapy appointments.

Tip #4 - Don't Panic

Technical glitches: Spotty internet, mic problems, dying battery and any other technical problems can arise during the session. Agree on an alternative method of therapy at the beginning of your session in case of technical problems. This could be via another platform, phone, or rescheduling.

It Gets Easier

Trying something new for the first time can feel both exciting and daunting. Take the time you need, embrace the process, and empower yourself to discover new possibilities.


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