Are you preparing to do online counselling? In the midst of coronavirus crisis, this has become an increasingly popular choice for individuals seeking care. Here are 5 tips for starting an online counselling session:
1: Always prepare the session
Allow yourself 5 minutes to prepare mentally before you join the conversation. Set clear goals and imagine how you want to feel after the session. This intentional preparation will give you an increased feeling of control and safety. Make sure that you are all set up and ready to go when your appointment is scheduled: Find a quiet place, set up your computer and make sure the internet is working.
2: Wear headphones
Headphones somehow bring you into the session better. They also provide an extra level of confidentiality.
3: Keep the focus on you
No matter how much you vent about what others did while you are speaking with your therapist: Make sure you always keep the focus on you. Good questions for bringing the focus back to you are:
- What can I do about it?
- How can I change this?
- What do I want instead?
4: Don't judge or degrade yourself
Having compassion for yourself and appreciating the different perspective your therapist will bring to the table will help you to heal.
5: Use the increased level of anonymity
Compared to a face-to-face session, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime allow a certain degree of 'invisibility'. This can be perceived as less threatening and disinhibiting, so make the most of it by trying to communicate more openly with your therapist right from the start.
I'm Natalie Marby, an English speaking therapist in Hamburg, Germany. I offer psychotherapy in English and I offer all my counselling sessions online, over the phone as well as face-to-face. To contact me, you can send me an email or call me: +49 40 40 46090233. (Please don't forget to send me your phone number and the times I can reach you). I look forward to hearing from you!