In the era of Covid-19, masking and social distancing requirements have created a barrier to those hoping to seek counseling services, especially people in high-risk groups.  

Telehealth, or virtual counseling, allows you to attend your regular therapy session using a phone, laptop or tablet. It’s secure, accessible, and these days it can be safer than meeting in person. Research has shown that telehealth is just as effective as in-person mental health services. 

If you think telehealth might be right for you, here are some tips for making the most out of your experience: 

1. FIND A GOOD FIT

Your relationship with your counselor is going to be central to your success in counseling. Many counselors offer a brief consultation before the first appointment so you can get to know their style a little better. It’s a great idea to take advantage of this offering to decide whether or not you can see yourself working with this person. 

Finding a good fit starts with some self-exploration. Ask yourself what you expect of a counselor, and how you envision your sessions going. Do you prefer gentle support, or do you need a counselor who can call you on your stuff? By doing some quick research on the various therapy styles, you can also get a sense of what might work best for you. Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you’ll be better equipped to assess compatibility during your consultation.  

2. CREATE A THERAPEUTIC SPACE

Creating the right space to use for your telehealth sessions is another way to maximize the experience. Before your first session, make sure you have a comfortable, private place to sit during the therapy hour.  A white noise machine outside the door can offer an extra bit of privacy. You can take your home therapy space to the next level by adding some personal touches, like an essential oil diffuser, candle, or cozy pillow or blanket. Some clients enjoy being able to sit with their pet during therapy, which is certainly a unique perk.

Once you’ve created a space that feels safe, inviting and personal, you’re ready for your first session. Many clients actually prefer doing therapy from their home, and say that it’s easier to open up and speak freely.  

MFCC offers telehealth services. If you think it might be right for you, let‘s get in touch. 

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