Online consultation is a safe and convenient way to get support. Have you never used this form of help? There are some tips to help you prepare for it.
Choose a quiet and peaceful place where you won’t be distracted and where you will feel comfortable. Inform Your household or family members and ask them for a moment of privacy. If you do not have the conditions to talk at home, use a garden, a car or other space, where you can talk freely. Have a glass of water or your favorite drink. You can also have tissues.
You will need a computer or telephone with an access to internet. Make sure that the equipment is charged (You may prepare a charger just in case). Place the device on a stable surface to avoid shocks. Set the screen, so that your face is visible. Good communication is ensured by headphones or a speaker and microphone in your device.
Before the first session, check if You get the connection instructions. Test the camera and microphone to see if everything is okay. Make sure, that you are connected to the internet. Don’t worry if you haven’t used this kind of communicators yet, some of them allow you to make a test call. You can also check it by contacting someone close to you.
Connection problems, especially at first, are natural. However, you can rest assured – the therapist will provide the technical assistance if it will be necessary. In case of difficulties with the Internet connection, the psychologist will contact you in another way. Even if the communicator fails, the session will be continiued.
Try to treat this consultation as an ordinary one. It is as safe and personal as an office meeting. You will be surprised how quickly you forget that the session is online.