Are you interested in learning more about meeting virtually instead of in person?
Telehealth services became widespread and very popular during the COVID pandemic out of necessity, and have remained available since then largely due to convenience. Some therapists now only offer services via telehealth, while others offer both. I maintain a physical office space and am happy to see clients in person, but also am available by phone or online based on your preference.
Many clients find that participating in therapy sessions remotely makes it possible for them to commit to regular sessions, while travelling for therapy poses a major logistical challenge. Other clients feel that the benefit of being in person far outweighs the convenience of meeting remotely. I find that either format can be equally effective depending on the person, and can help you assess what option would be best for you.
Here are a few additional things to know about telehealth services:
- Telehealth services can be offered either by video conferencing or over the phone, depending on your preference and the quality of your internet connection.
- It is important that you, as the client, have a quiet, private space where you will not worry about being overheard by others for the duration of our session. Ideally this is a room where you can close the door, but I have met with clients who are in their cars, closets, on a park bench, even in a bathroom! If it’s okay with you, chances are it’s okay with me as well.
- If at all possible, I do recommend that you have childcare available (if applicable) during our sessions. I understand that sometimes it is not feasible or practical – if that is the case please just let me know so I can support you in the best way possible.
- One of the benefits of telehealth counseling is that you are able to share parts of your life with me that have, in the past, never been possible in a traditional therapy setting! Please feel free to “show me around” your home, if you would like – I love seeing what is important or significant to people about their home space, or being introduced to pets and family members.
On a more practical note:
- I use secure videoconferencing systems that are specifically for healthcare services, and will work on any device with internet access (no downloads or apps required).
- If connectivity becomes an issue during our session, I will do my best to trouble-shoot and fix the issue. If we are unable to resolve the issue, we will switch to a phone call for the remainder of the session.