Preparing for Virtual Counselling
Tips for the Best E-Counselling Session
This blog is being written during the time of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, however it is intended to apply to e-counselling at any time. Telephone and virtual counselling are a blessing to many, and many of my clients prefer it. Some benefits include: easier scheduling hours that fit in with your daily activities, no need to commute, and enhanced comfort with sessions in your own home, office or in the community.
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Set Yourself Up For Success
Talking to your counsellor from the comfort of your own home can be an immensely comforting endeavour, although there can be pitfalls. Here are some tips to make the most of your counselling session outside of the office.
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Practicing Privacy at Home
In these times, many people will have a houseful of family members or roommates who are self-isolating or on lock-down. Here are some suggestions to practice privacy while attending your telephone or video counselling session:
- Stay in your bedroom or other private room in the home and close the door. You can muffle sound by placing a towel along the bottom of the door if there is a small space where light enters, or turn on a white noise machine, tv or radio outside the room to obscure sound for privacy
- If you have a kiddo, consider setting them up with some music, a game or a show with personal headphones
- Sit in your vehicle (parked!) for your telephone or video session
- If a private room is not an option, having your session via telephone might suffice as others will not hear the full conversation
- Sometimes you can access private spaces that are open to the public, such as reserving a private study room at the public library or in your school library (this might not apply during COVID-19)
- Alternatively, you may choose to have a phone conversation while walking or outside (note that during self-seclusion, being outdoors in the public is not an option)
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Unfortunately, for some there is no good solution for privacy and that might be the nature of the situation. It is up to you to decide how comfortable you feel with others potentially overhearing the details of your counselling session. When video is not appropriate, telephone counselling is an option you can try so that half of the conversation is private to your ears only.
Please note: Virtual counselling is not suitable for everyone and depends on the nature of the situation. Contact me to determine if virtual counselling would be a good option for you.
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