Online therapy is a convenient approach to get in touch with therapist without any delay, where Geographical or climatic limitations are eliminated. Clients get a plethora of options for selecting a therapist and suitable schedules. Several people find it hard to share their issues with the therapist in a clinic, but online they can talk with ease.
Certainly, some aspects like client’s body language cannot be evaluated clearly but therapists find online therapy effects optimistic. They get to see and study their clients in a cozy home environment. The clients ‘real self’ does not get revealed during the visit in the doctor’s office, but from home they act naturally.
What are the credentials to seek for in online therapist?
Online therapy demand has made it easy for dishonest opportunists to offer services without real-world accountability or any physical location. The golden rule is to check if the therapist holds a state license. You can request for their license number and verify it. In case, the person hesitates then it is a red flag. Good therapist is well aware about such scams and welcome clients queries to ensure of getting treated by a qualified professional.
Are there any other aspects to consider for selecting online therapist?
Trust your impulse. If you find the therapist comfortable and professional then listen to your guts. Check on what kind of platform they offer therapist sessions. However, therapy sessions are conducted under secure online video program, which meets HIPAA standards, strictly. Whenever the therapist meets clients online there are certain things to consider.
Are they seated in a professional and private location?
Is there commotion in the background?
Does the camera capture their face directly and clearly?
Is the therapist dressed professionally?
These are signs that indicate the awareness of the therapist, who takes care to offer a successful therapy. Therefore, they create space and present themselves in a way to relax you and build trust.
Tips for clients regarding online therapy
Close other online programs because this can create an issue with your online video session. Other internet communication tools can slow the system down or other devices connected online can also disturb the speed.
The therapist needs to see you, so having good lighting makes a lot of difference.
You need to sit comfortably with head and shoulders visible in the picture.
Shut off your mobile, switch off message alerts popping on screen and make sure to shut the door. It is your personal time with the therapist, so remove all kinds of possible distractions, even your pet.
Wear headphones to decrease echo and it adds more towards confidentiality. Make sure you are not overheard and your session is hush-hush.
In case, of technical glitch have a backup plan with your therapist. Use mobile or landline to continue your session.
If you are worried about the used medium for therapy or any other aspect then without any hesitation discuss it with your therapist.