Tips to Get the Most From Virtual Therapy

Kate LaCoe, Hershey Editor

The pandemic has altered our lives completely, worsening mental health and creating long term psychological effects. On top of that many therapy sessions have been forced to move online, which can be difficult. The following are a few tips and tricks to make the most of your virtual therapy sessions. 

Finding the right therapist for yourself takes time, it’s helpful to treat your first session together like an interview. Ask your therapists questions to know if they would be a good fit for you and what you’re looking for in therapy. The most important thing is that you’re comfortable, so taking that time to find the right match is important. 

Another important tip for virtual therapy is to check your connection. It’s hard to talk and understand each other if you’re constantly cutting out from bad Wi-Fi. Checking your connection before the session is helpful, or you can even take the call at a local library or park to ensure the most out of your session. 

Having a starting point or an idea of what you’d like to share can help the session begin and move smoothly. Creating a list of things as simple as stressors in your daily life will help you remember topics you’d like to talk about in your session. 

Having a space you feel comfortable and safe in is essential for a virtual session. Multitasking, driving, or doing other activities can distract you from your session, and hold you back from getting the most out of it. Finding a place you feel relaxed and comfortable in with limited distractions is the ideal way to go through your session. 

These tips and tricks can help you prepare for your virtual therapy session, and hopefully, help you get the most out of your therapy until the time comes when in-person sessions begin.