The Healing Journey
Tips for Improving Your Mental Health
Taking the first step towards seeking therapy is a brave and empowering decision. With remote therapy becoming increasingly popular, attending your first session from the comfort of your own home can be a great option. However, like any new experience, it's natural to feel nervous or unsure about what to expect. To help ease any concerns, here are some tips to help you prepare for your first remote therapy session.
1. Find a private and comfortable space
Before your session, find a quiet and private space where you feel comfortable and won't be interrupted. This could be a spare room in your house, a quiet coffee shop, or a park bench. Make sure that you have a reliable internet connection and that your device is charged and functioning properly.
2. Test your technology
Technology glitches can be frustrating and stressful, especially if they occur during your therapy session. To prevent this, test your technology before your scheduled session. Ensure that you can access your therapist's online platform, that your camera and microphone are working, and that you know how to navigate the system. This can help reduce anxiety and help you focus on the session.
3. Prepare your surroundings
Take some time to create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in your surroundings. You could light a candle or some incense, play calming music, or have a warm drink nearby. This can help create a calming environment and help you feel more at ease during your session. It may be helpful to have water and tissues nearby in case you need them.
4. Think about your goals
Before your session, it's helpful to think about what you hope to gain from therapy. Reflect on what has been challenging for you lately, what you want to change, and what you hope to achieve. This can help you and your therapist have a clear direction and focus for your sessions.
5. Prepare any questions you have
If you have any questions or concerns about the therapy process or your therapist, take some time to write them down before your session. This can help you feel more organized and prepared, and ensure that all your questions are answered.
6. Take care of yourself
Lastly, it's important to take care of yourself before and after your session. Take some time to practice self-care and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or journaling. This can help you feel more grounded and centered, and prepare you to fully engage in your session.
In conclusion, remote therapy can be a convenient and effective way to access mental health support. By taking some time to prepare for your first session, you can feel more confident and prepared, and set the foundation for a positive therapeutic experience. Remember, your therapist is here to support you and provide a safe and compassionate space for healing and growth.
The author, Camilla Olsen, CMHC, is licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy with her, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on her website.
You may also be interested to know, that she has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
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About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
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Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.