Preparing for Virtual Therapy

Virtual Therapy Connect’s network practitioners are highly experienced and qualified professionals. When you connect with a therapist and have a scheduled appointment, 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. It’s important to prepare for your 10 minute consultations so that you can get the most out of your get-to-know-you sessions. 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?
  • Understand that Virtual Therapy may be interrupted by technical issues. It’s important to make plans with your therapist up front should a technical issue interrupt a session. Remember, your therapist will not knowingly disconnect a call. In the event that there is a power outage or you experience internet connectivity issues, plan in advance who will be responsible for calling back the other party.

Disclaimer:

Please be aware that Virtual Therapy Connect is not a crisis center, and if you are in need of immediate help please call your local crisis center, dial 911, or present to the nearest emergency room.  If you are having suicidal thoughts and live in the US you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-784-2433.

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