In order to fully meet the needs of our clients, Rock Landing Psychological Group offers teletherapy services to individuals, couples and families. At Rock Landing we are committed to offering services that best meet the needs of our clients. In addition to traditional in office psychotherapy, teletherapy’s objectives are the same at its core. That is to: provide tools, solutions, and ways to reframe your current issues and allowing you to overcome challenges in many areas of your life.
However, teletherapy differs in that it puts therapy in the palm of your hand and enables you to share your thoughts and challenges in a way that bypasses barriers to therapy. This makes therapy more convenient for those who are new to the experience
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is the delivery of mental health services provided by way of telecommunications technologies between the therapist and the client.
How does it work?
We offer secure, web-based video counseling using a software platform called Doxy.me. Clients will be able to use their computer or portable device, such as a smartphone or tablet, with webcam, microphone and speakers to connect with their counselor through this system.
teletherapy services can be offered to individuals, families, or couples in their home or in an agreed upon location that is deemed to be the most appropriate for sessions.
Who can benefit from teletherapy?
- Clients who travel frequently for work
- Military spouses and those temporarily displaced from family members
- Those with a lack of transportation to our practice
- Clients who may not have childcare available during session times
- Those with limited access to counseling in their area
- Those with medical conditions preventing them from coming to our practice
How to Prepare For Your Online Therapy Sessions
- Find a private and quiet space – This may be harder for some that others but getting creative can help. You can use your car, garage, backyard, or even your bathroom if need be (but be prepared for a slightly echoed sound quality).
- Make sure that your WIFI connection is reliable – We don’t have to say much about this one right?
- Put up a sign or let other members of your household know that you are on an important call/meeting – Therapy is YOUR TIME to take care of yourself and having interruptions can sometimes mess up the flow so letting others know that you need some uninterrupted time and space is a good way to start.
- Wear headphones and/or play white noise in the background – If you’re having session and other people are in nearby rooms, wearing headphones will ensure that no one else but you can hear what your therapist is saying. Additionally, a white noise machine or app played on a tablet or ipad just outside the door can also make you feel more comfortable. (here is a helpful link for free white noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjWIxXBs_s)
- Keep a box of tissue nearby – Do you ever notice how many tissue boxes are in your therapist’s office? Our rooms have at least 2 each and you know what, we go through them pretty quickly. Spare a few squares of toilet paper or bring in a box of tissues so that if tears come up you are fully prepared.
- Have a pen and paper handy – If your therapist is anything like the one’s in our offices who drop serious knowledge bombs and dish out really useful skills and tools, you’re going to want to jot some things down from time to time without having to get up and grab a notepad.
- Get comfy by having a soft pillow and/or blanket nearby – Do you ever find yourself grabbing that one throw pillow at your therapist’s office and holding it in your lap during session or maybe running your fingers along the throw blanket. Those are self-soothing techniques and you can do the same thing at home!
- Keep your phone/laptop charged – I don’t think we really need to say more about this one.
- Before session, write down any topics you want to discuss – A lot can go down in our busy lives in just one week’s time, jotting down a few thoughts, feelings or issues that came up during the week will help you stay on track during session
- Keep your cell phone handy – You never know when your internet connection might drop or the video platform may be overwhelmed so having your phone handy will allow your provider to reach out to you to keep your session going.
We hope these tips will be helpful to you.