The providers in Virtual Therapy Connect’s directory are highly experienced and qualified professionals. When you schedule an appointment and connect with a therapist, you can expect the same level of professionalism that you would expect from a face-to-face session. Because this is a virtual environment, however, there are a few things to consider:
Find the right fit. Finding a personality fit will help you to open up to your therapist so that you can get the right help for your needs. Explore our network to identify therapists who have expertise in your presenting issue because you’ll want to work with someone who is trained to assist people with what you are facing.
Think about your goals. Therapists and psychiatrists use a number of different approaches. Some focus on practical issues—what you’re facing yesterday, today and tomorrow. Others will help you to talk about past events that may play a role in your current situation. When you first talk with a prospective therapist, ask about their approach. Discuss your goals for therapy and then ask how they feel you can achieve those goals. Remember, you’re looking for a personality fit—someone you feel comfortable speaking with.
In the same way that you prepare for appointments with traditional healthcare professionals, write down your questions in advance. Most providers are willing to talk before working together, to determine if they are a good fit for your needs – take advantage of this!
You might want to ask questions like,
- What kind of approach do you use?
- How will you help me reach my goals?
- What will you expect of me?
- Do you give specific assignments between sessions?
- How often will we meet and for how long?
- Will this therapy be short or long-term?
- How much does each session cost?
Ultimately, selecting a therapist to see in a virtual setting is no different from selecting a therapist to see face-to-face. Choose someone who makes you feel comfortable, someone you can envision opening up to, and someone that has experience helping people with similar issues