Teletherapy: 5 Tips to Make the Most of It

Teletherapy: 5 Tips to Make the Most of It

The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but adaptability.

Charles Darwin

Amid the widespread call for increased social distancing, many providers are moving their services online.

That includes us!

For the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community, Sonder is exclusively offering teletherapy until further notice. (TMS services will be offered in our office as usual.)

New to teletherapy?

No problem.

Today we’re sharing 5 tips for making the most of your teletherapy session:

1. Plan for privacy.

Privacy’s a crucial component of therapy. Right now, however, your options might be somewhat limited. Just do your best to arrange for a (relatively) quiet space, where you can meet with your therapist with minimal interruption. (Too crowded at home? Take your device with you on a walk, sit in your (parked) car, or find a peaceful corner of your yard.)

2. Check your connection.

Is your battery charged? Have you tested out any software you’ll be using? (Sonder clients: A member of our team will advise you, in advance of your session, if you need to download an app to your device.) Will you be using headphones or earbuds? How’s your internet connectivity? Take a few minutes to check everything now, so you’ll be all set when your session begins.

3. Prepare your thoughts.

No need to spend tons of time on this. Just take a few minutes, prior to the call, to do a quick “brain dump” of your thoughts and feelings. Not only will this help clear your mind a bit before your session, but it’ll also give you an idea of some items you might want to put on the “agenda” to share with your therapist.

4. Manage your expectations.

If you’re accustomed to in-person therapy, your first teletherapy session might take a little getting used to. Connecting in this new way might feel a bit awkward (or even a bit stressful) at first. Try to let go of the expectation that it’ll feel exactly like in-person therapy. Maybe there’ll be a tech glitch or two. Maybe you’ll feel self-conscious being onscreen at first. It’s all totally normal. Remember: There’s no such thing as a “perfect” therapy session. All that matters is you getting the support you need.

5. Be open to the possibilities.

If you’re new to teletherapy, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy it! Not only does it make therapy more accessible, but it also gives you the unique opportunity to receive support right there in your own familiar surroundings. Slippers and a cozy blanket? Coffee in your favorite mug at your own kitchen table? A quick tour of the family photo wall you’ve been working on? All part of your teletherapy experience, if want them to be.

Wherever you are, we’re ready to meet you there.   

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Interested in beginning teletherapy?