June 26, 2020

Teletherapy Comfort

Posted in Communication, Online Counseling, Well-being tagged , , at 2:40 pm by kellyfdennis


computerandtabletwvseeFor many, those two words are mutually exclusive! So, here are some tips to make online counseling a little more comfortable.

-Set some time aside before your appointment to write down things you’d like to address, practice some deep breathing, and get into the “therapy” mindset (whatever that is for you).

-Make the space as private and comfortable as possible. Once you find a set up that feels good, use it every time. Find a comfy blanket, a stuffed animal (or a real one, if they won’t be distracting), light a candle, and allow yourself to feel safe and comfortable.

-Feel free to tell your therapist to change positions. Some clients like me to lean in so they can see more of my facial expression, some like it better when I sit back. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.

-Set aside some time after your appointment to decompress. Remember you used to have a car ride or a walk home after therapy, now you just open the door and Boom! you’re back with family. Take some time to transition.

-Keep your expectations in check. Online therapy is different from face-to-face, but different isn’t bad, just different!

I hope you’ll try some of those before your next online counseling session. Be well and have wonderful day!

November 14, 2017

Can’t Make It to the Office? No Problem!

Posted in Online Counseling tagged , , , , , at 10:28 am by kellyfdennis

computerandtabletwvseeTry video counseling!

Sometimes it just doesn’t work to stop what you’re doing and come into the office for a counseling session. One of the kids woke up sick, you woke up sniffling, the furnace broke and you have to wait for the repair man, or maybe you’re at a conference across the state and don’t want to miss your session. All very good reasons to try video counseling.

I use VSee, a HIPAA compliant platform similar to FaceTime or Skype, but secure. It’s a free program, you can download it on your computer, your table, or your phone and take your counseling session wherever you go! I like it better than telephone counseling because we can see each other and feel more connected.

So, instead of canceling or rescheduling next time you have a conflict, give video counseling a try!

Be Well and Have A Wonderful Day!


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