I’m new to Virtual Therapy, what should I expect?
What to consider when starting “Virtual Therapy.”
There are few special considerations before beginning virtual therapy. Most importantly is, having access to a safe space where you can talk openly and freely. This used to be provided in the comfort of a Therapist’s office but now, finding this space becomes your responsibility. The second most important factor is having the technology available, including a device to access our virtual space, headphones to help with audio and confidentiality, and wifi/stable internet connection.
What’s the difference between talking to a Virtual Therapist vs Family or Friends?
A Therapist is a professional who can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counselling is confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
How long is a session?
Typically, most sessions will fall into the 50-55 minute range. With exceptions for shorter or longer sessions depending on what the goals of therapy are.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and I understand that. The length of time you participate in counselling depends on a variety of factors, not only your desire for personal development. This is an on-going conversation in therapy. Personally, I like when Therapy has a “beginning, middle and end” and often this happens naturally, over time and is something that is always open for discussion and reflection within our work together.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. I also recommend that my clients come to their session with: a journal, a glass of water and an intention for what they would like to explore in our time together. A few moments of quiet, before and after a session, are also highly encouraged.