Are you wondering if on-line counseling could possibly work with couples and if so how? The answer is a resounding yes. Whether you have just discovered your partner is having an affair or you are feeling disconnected due to the added stress and pressure you and your family are currently experiencing, on-line couple’s therapy can help.
ONLINE COUPLE’S COUNSELING WITH MICHELLE
I transitioned to on-line counseling exclusively in March due to COVID-19. I have continued therapy with existing couples and began therapy with new couples on-line. I have learned a lot throughout this process and created a practice which makes on-line counseling safe and effective. I have personally, had the unique opportunity to work with an EFT couple’s therapist in New Zealand. My husband, and I sat on our couch and used zoom to connect with our therapist on the other side of the world. I understand what it feels like on both sides of the screen. I know how to ensure that couples get the most out of their on-line sessions and create a safe environment for couples to re-connect.
BENEFITS TO ON-LINE COUNSELING
- Saves time – you now only have to set aside the time for your appointment not additional time to commute
- You no longer need to live nearby our office or even in the same city
- You can connect with me from the privacy and comfort of your home or office
- You can continue online counseling or join me in person once in person sessions resume
GETTING SETUP FOR YOUR ON-LINE SESSION
- Both Partners must be in one location, sharing a screen
- Find a location that is private and quiet
- Sit somewhere comfortable so you can relax and focus
- Sit facing windows so your image is well lit (vs with windows behind you which casts shadows on your face)
- Sit close enough that you are both fully visible on the screen
- Use a sound machine or bathroom fan outside your door so anyone walking by cannot hear your conversation
- Silence other devices that may cause distractions such as cell phones, televisions, and tablets
- If you find yourself getting distracted by seeing yourself on camera, you can use a post-it note to cover this part of your screen
In the event that we experience a technological disruption during our session these are the steps I will take to minimize the interruption.
- You may choose to test your internet connection with a friend using Zoom, Facetime, or What’s App, or a free 15 min consultation with me
- End connection and call again in hopes for a better connection
- Unable to connect – Send you a zoom link via e-mail switching over to a HIPAA compliant zoom session
- Delayed image or connection – Continue using the visual display on Telehealth by Simple Practice and call over the phone to have a seamless audio connection
- Switch to phone only for remainder of session
- Trouble shoot technological changes for next session