Right now with the pandemic that’s going on, many of us have to stay home in order to help reduce the spread of the virus. Many countries and cities have shut down completely, making it impossible to get the normal services we would usually get. Thankfully for those of us in therapy, many counsellors are turning to over the phone therapy to ensure their clients get the help they need. If you’ve been doing phone counselling for while, or just switched because of the pandemic, here are 3 tips for making the most out of phone therapy:

1. Carve Out a Time and Place for Therapy at Home
When going to a traditional therapy session, you go to your therapists office. This means that your loved ones wont be there and you’ll have absolute privacy. This can be harder to create at home, especially if you have children who might barge into your room. If it’s hard to have your therapy at home, it might be worth sitting in your car or even going for a walk. Having time and space to focus on your therapy will ensure you get the most out of it. If you’re looking into phone therapy, click here to learn more.

2. Appreciate the Differences
While there are obviously some benefits to in person therapy, remote therapy can have other benefits too. You may be able to easily share articles with your therapist if you’re using a platform that allows you to send links, allowing you to engage in a different way.

3. It Might Force You to be More Vocal
If you’re doing phone counselling without the video aspect, then your therapist is going to have less visual cues to go off. To compensate for this, you’re probably going to get better at putting words to your feelings in order to help them better understand you. This can be challenging at first, but in the long run can go a long way in helping you understand yourself, too. Hopefully your therapist will help prompt this out of you, in order to make sure they’re getting the full picture when working with you.

Phone counselling has a ton of benefits when things are “normal” but with the current situation it’s even more essential. Use these three tips to make the most out of your phone counselling sessions.