Preparing For Your Session
Being well prepared will help you get the most out of your therapy sessions
Below are some guidelines to help you get prepared:
- Make sure you have a good internet connection prior to the start of your therapy session to prevent any unnecessary interruptions.
- Before your therapy session, try to log in a few minutes early to make sure that you don't have any problems accessing the link or configuring your settings (i.e. microphone and video).
- Wearing earbuds may be helpful to limit outside distractions and prevent audio feedback.
- Plan to have your therapy session in a quiet place without any distractions. This might mean asking your family to watch your children, or turning your phone on silent (no vibrations) or completely off so that you can focus on your session.
- Make sure to choose a place where you feel safe and comfortable to do the session.
- Have whatever you need to feel comfortable during your therapy session nearby, for example, a glass of water or a box of tissues.
- Please respect your therapist's time and arrive early to your session. Log in at least 5 minutes before your session starts to account for any technical issues that could come up. If you are going to be late, please notify your therapist as soon as possible. In most cases, your session will not be extended if you're late.
- Deliberately set aside time for your therapy session and nothing else. This means do not try to attend your therapy session while doing something else, like driving or watching your children. This is not only showing respect to your therapist but also yourself and your investment in your mental health.
- If possible, leave some quiet time after your therapy session to process the session and what was discussed. During therapy, feelings may come up that you didn't expect. Your therapist may also have offered tools or techniques for you to try. Reflect on how you're feeling, and if there are any concepts or techniques you want to take with you from the session.
- Try to think in advance about what you'd like to talk about with your therapist before your session. If there's a particular topic or a recent incident you'd like to discuss with them that day, having that in mind ahead of time will help you get the most out of your session.
- Work collaboratively with your therapist to set your goals for therapy and participate fully in each session to help maximise a positive outcome.
- Be open to change and committed to the process of therapy. Often things will get intense before they can get better, so try to stick with therapy through any difficult sessions.
- Between sessions, try to use the tools and techniques given to you by your therapist.
You can watch the video below on how to use the platform and what to expect during your session. (I can film a screen recording and have Nicole be the therapist on the other side)
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