Teletherapy is a newer form of therapy that allows patients and clients the opportunity to have therapy sessions over an online, video chat platform. Teletherapy is not limited to video conferences, however, this seems to be the most popular type among others such as, phone calls or voice messaging.
If you have ever used a video chat software such as Skype, or Face-time, then you already will know the basics of how to have a teletherapy session. Sit in a well lit area, with minimal background noise. Ensure that you are comfortable since these sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Another thing you may do to ensure you are properly prepared for your teletherapy session is to double check that your computer meets any software requirements for the program or platform your therapist has chosen or suggested. Closing any background programs that are running that may bog down your connection speeds or overload your computer during your session.
Teletherapy provides a wider range of availability since there is no commute or travel time that is associated with the sessions, especially since you could basically do it from anywhere if needed. Are you having a really bad day and would like to squeeze in a fifteen minute session on your lunch break? Check to see if your therapist has any availability during that time and meet from your car! The options there are endless.
This also means that in addition to using teletherapy as a supplement to traditional therapy, you can get in touch with, and start to see on a regular basis, a therapist that is out of your local area. For instance, if you saw a therapist for many years and loved the results and working with that particular therapist, but you had to move out of town or across state lines for a job, or any other personal reason, you could still see your preferred therapist through teletherapy sessions.
In the same regard, perhaps you are going on vacation, but do not want to take a week off from your therapy commitment. You could still see about a teletherapy session so you could keep up with your progress while you were away. Or, even in the instance of inclement weather, such as flooding, torrential rains, or even snow that would prevent you from getting out of the house, would be a great opportunity to try a teletherapy session.
All around, teletherapy seems to be a more convenient option than traditional therapy. Some practicioners even offer more affordable costs for teletherapy sessions since they can likely fit these types of sessions into open areas of their schedules. Should you be interested in a teletherapy session, contact your preferred therapist today and see if they offer teletherapy sessions or if they would be willing to try a teletherapy session with you.
In my personal practice, I do offer teletherapy but if interested please email me to set up an appointment for teletherapy. Through that email we can discuss the basics of what softwares I prefer to use, and when our availabilities line up. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope this information was insightful. Should you have any further questions about teletherapy, please contact me today!