Finding some guaranteed private time and space for your online sessions might be harder now. Because the corona crisis is forcing us all to spend more time at home. If you get the feeling that someone else might be listening to your therapy session, it can be hard to be completely honest and fully open up. By increasing privacy, minimizing noise and distractions you can make the most of your therapy sessions.
For those living in close-quarters with others it can require a bit of creativity. Here are some tips to increase your privacy for online sessions:
- Online therapy is flexible: the appointments fit in with both you and your therapist’s schedule and any surrounding circumstances. For example, you could plan your sessions in times you know others are out of the house.
- Wear headphones. This ensures that no one else can hear what your therapist is saying to you, and will improve sound quality in general.
- Do a ‘room scan’ before starting a session. Ensure doors and windows are closed.
- You could always consider going outside. It can be helpful to go in the garden or a local park. Not only can this help you find some privacy, but also being surrounded in nature may help boost your mood.
- If you are comfortable enough, you can let others know when you are having your therapy sessions and ask them to be considerate of this. Sometimes it can help to be honest about the situation and inform them why this is important to you.
- Place some music quietly in the background as long as it does not interfere with your session. You could even ask your housemates/family to listen to some music/podcast instead.
- If you don’t feel comfortable saying something out loud. You can always use the chat function to send a quick chat message to provide some context.
- Make a diary registration in the app prior to the session to provide more background information on what you want to talk about during the session without explicitly mentioning it out loud.
Of course, our coaches or an experienced expert can always answer your questions about privacy. Good luck!