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Virtual Counselling

     Particularly as of late, there has been a push for socially distant interactions. This has led to many previously in person services being moved to a virtual platform. Counselling has been one of those services.

      For some, the idea of virtual therapy is a relief. There is a certain level of comfort that comes with having a phone or a computer in between yourself and a counsellor. For others, this may have felt completely intimidating. You may be uncomfortable talking on the phone and missing out on the face to face cues is difficult, or you have a hard time navigating the sometimes unreliable video calling systems. Either way, it can feel like a daunting task!

     I want to first assure you those fears are valid and very common. Many of us are feeling the awkwardness associated with making that shift to the virtual, so you are certainly not alone in your feelings. However, just because something feels intimidating, that does not mean we shouldn't give it a try, especially when it is for the benefit of your mental health!

     At Simple Courage Counselling, I want to make this process as easy as I can for you and ease some of those fears. So here I will provide some quick tips for preparing for a virtual session, online or phone, and of course feel free to reach out with any questions you may have about the process.

How to Prepare for a Virtual Session

Some Technical Tips:

  • Find a quiet, safe room with good lighting and a door you can close.

    • This can be tough, especially with kids, but having privacy is important in order to feel safe opening up. Let others in your house know you will be busy with an important call or meeting and unavailable for a time.

    • Headphones with a mic are a bonus as they minimize surrounding noise and increase privacy.

  • Make sure your WIFI connection is working well and your device is charged.

  • If you can, using a computer is more reliable and it has a larger display. If you don’t have one, a phone will still work too.

    • If you know how, test your device’s camera and microphone settings before your session, if you don’t know how to do this, we will work it out together!

  • Close any web browser tabs and/or applications that may cause distraction

  • Turn on Do Not Disturb or Silent mode on your devices to avoid interruptions

  • Prop up your device at eye-level to maximize comfort and minimize camera movement

    • Holding a phone or laptop can be distracting for you. If you find an angle you're comfortable with before the session, that will save some time.

Contact
If you are ready to book an appointment click the Book Now button to schedule your initial free consultation!
 
This will be a no commitment phone call for us to chat and get to know one another to see if we would be a good match for therapy.

If you have any questions about counselling or the virtual process, please reach out via the button below.
Alternatively you can email or phone directly. 

Some Comfort Tips:

  • Bring in a soft blanket or pillow

    • Get comfy! This is one of the benefits of having sessions in your own house, you can be as comfortable as you’d like, take advantage of it!

  • Bring some tissues

    • While these won’t always be necessary, it could save you a search through your house midsession.

  • Remember, anxiety around technology (and therapy!) is totally normal.

    • Expect to feel a little nervous at first, and know these feeling will pass. 

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