Did you know that Garrett Counseling recently began offering it, sometimes referred to as teletherapy? We are excited to be able to offer this service to you, especially during a time when you may not be able to come to the office or you just don’t feel comfortable getting out. Our counselors are working hard to support you during this time, including opening their schedules to more appointments and assisting you in the transition to online therapy if you’re interested. This blog is designed to give you all the basic details about it. If you’re interested in learning more about the specific online counseling that we offer at Garrett Counseling, you can get more information by reaching out to your current counselor or by visiting our new online counseling webpage (insert link: https://garrettcounseling.com/online-counseling-services/ ).
What is online counseling?
Online counseling is a counseling session conducted through a real-time, live video with your counselor. Not only is this method of counseling a great option for the current coronavirus adjustments, but also for those who just prefer to have the care of a counselor from the security of their own space. At Garrett Counseling, we are seeing great success in using online counseling to continue connecting with our clients, including children, during a difficult time. Additionally, research has shown that it is an effective option, especially when face-to-face meetings are not possible. (1)
How can I prepare for an online counseling session?
Now that you know a little more about it, you may be wondering how to get ready for a session. We have two simple tips to help you prepare. First, take time to think about anything you want to cover with your counselor. You may be used to having the drive time to prepare for an in-person meeting; consider setting aside a few minutes to collect your thoughts and think about if there is anything you want to discuss during your session. Second, find a private place where you feel most comfortable. When picking a place, think about things like background noise, possible distractions, and internet connection.
Our hope is that this short blog has helped you to better understand this. If you have any questions about online counseling or the services we offer, please reach out to your current counselor or contact us here (insert link: https://garrettcounseling.com/contact-us/ ).
Novotney, A. (2017, February). A growing wave of online therapy. (apa.org/monitor)