Closed Tabs, Open Hearts: How to Maximize Your Virtual Therapy Appointments
Virtual therapy has opened up exciting possibilities for individuals seeking to prioritize their mental health. Whether you're new to therapy or a seasoned therapy client, there are strategies and practices that can help you maximize the benefits of your virtual therapy appointments. At Panorama Psychology, we believe that your mental well-being deserves your full attention and commitment. In this blog, we'll explore some valuable tips to help you make the most of your virtual therapy experience.
1. Prepare Your Mind:
We understand that today's fast-paced culture means back to back meetings. For a virtual therapy session, try to take a moment (5-10 minutes) before the session to reflect on your emotional state. If your virtual therapy session is in the middle of your work day, grab a glass or water or a cup of tea and do your best to separate from your work responsibilities.
2. Prepare Your Space:
Before your virtual therapy session, take some time to prepare your physical surroundings. Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won't be interrupted. Eliminate distractions by turning off your phone notifications and closing unrelated tabs on your computer. This creates an environment conducive to focused self-reflection and open communication with your therapist.
3. Set Clear Intentions and Goals:
At the beginning of each session, discuss your intentions and goals with your therapist. What specific challenges or issues do you want to address during this appointment? Setting clear objectives can help guide the conversation and ensure that you get the most relevant and useful insights from your therapist.
4. Practice Vulnerability:
Just because you have physical distance from your therapist, does not mean you have to have emotional distance. Vulnerability and emotional openness are the foundation for healing, and we are fortunate to be able to provide virtual space for this type of experience. Let yourself feel your full range of emotions, knowing that your therapist is on the call supporting your openness without judgement.
5. Apply What You Learn
Therapy isn't just about talking; it's also about taking action. Real change happens when you apply what you learn in therapy in your real life, between sessions. Between sessions, work on implementing the strategies and skills discussed with your therapist. Make an effort to integrate what you've learned into your daily life to see meaningful improvements in your mental well-being.
6. Ask for Feedback
Your therapist is there to support you, but they also value your input. Don't hesitate to ask for feedback on your progress or to express any concerns or questions you may have about your therapy process. Open communication with your therapist ensures that your sessions remain tailored to your needs.
Virtual therapy offers a unique opportunity to prioritize your mental health and work towards personal growth and healing, all from the comfort and convenience of your own space. By following these tips and maintaining a commitment to your mental well-being, you can maximize the benefits of your virtual therapy appointments and embark on a fulfilling journey of self-discovery and improvement.