Skype Psychotherapy, Facetime & Zoom
Skype Psychotherapy can be helpful when travelling, or when living in a location where it is not possible to access a suitable local Psychotherapist. Skype Therapy can also be useful when you are experiencing difficulties leaving the house. A Skype therapist in the UK can be an effective means of getting support. A screen and a good internet connection can be a lifeline.
Although I do occasionally use Skype and Facetime, I prefer to use Zoom. Skype’s user policy means that they reserve the right to record any conversations that occur using their medium. Whilst this is unlikely, I prefer to use a secure medium.
Making Skype Therapy, Facetime or Zoom a success
In order that we have the best chance of success, please download and familiarise yourself with your chosen software i.e Skype or Zoom in advance of our session. In particular, get to know the video and audio settings in ‘general settings / preferences’. On the rare occasions there are hiccups, this is usually where they are rectified!
Zoom can be used directly from a browser, however I would suggest using the desktop version. It’s also available as IOS/Android apps. You can download the latest versions here.
At the time of our meeting please ensure you are in a private place where you can’t be overheard / seen by people walking past / disturbed or interrupted. It is useful to turn off your phone (presuming it’s not being used for the session) as well as any device alerts such as mail programs on your laptop, Mac or PC.
I always use headphones for online psychotherapy sessions and strongly advocate their use for both therapist and client. Using headphones gives online psychotherapy sessions another layer of privacy, and brings greater clarity to the subtleties in communication.
Please place your laptop, webcam, ipad, tablet or phone in a place where the camera will be slightly below eye level, and if possible, at a distance that I can see your head, shoulders, arms and hands. This helps me get a sense of body language which can be very useful in our work together.
It is usually better to be in a chair or seat, sitting up in a relaxed and comfortable position, rather than lying on a bed or couch. This will help you feel more present, and more closely replicates the ‘being-in-the-same-room-as-the-therapist’ feeling. Of course, if you have any medical issues or similar and you need to lie down, that’s completely fine. There’s always a way!
Sometimes technology, fantastic as it is, fails! We might lose a connection. On those occasions we’ll aim to have a back up plan such as a mobile or landline that you feel comfortable using.
If you would like to discuss the possibilities of Skype, Facetime or Zoom sessions please get in touch.
Get in touch!
If you’d like to find out more, please privately message me here, leaving your telephone number, and a good time to call you for a free, and confidential preliminary chat.