Teletherapy 101: Creating a confidential space
How to prep:
Location. Where will you have your sessions?
Do you have a private space of your own?
Can you let others in your home know that you'll need privacy at a certain time?
Can others outside the room hear you talking?
If so, can you create white noise with a fan or other form of background noise? (Preferably placed outside the doorway of the room you’re in)
Consider using headphones or earbuds so that your provider’s voice is kept private and is only heard by you
If you have a hard time finding confidential space, here are some examples that others have used. These are not ideal, but should be considered secondary choices if an ideal setup is not available. If you use any of these, please make sure that the space is comfortable to you. Being comfortable is also highly important.
- Laundry Room
- Actual last resort: your car parked in a safe, private spot. (We want to emphasize that private does not mean secluded. Please do make sure you are in a safe location.)
A laptop or desktop computer are ideal — preferably the biggest screen size that you have available to you (that you can also have in a comfortable, confidential space)
If you’re using a tablet or phone, please prop up the device so that it is stable and that the camera is about level with your eyes
Whatever device you’re using, please make sure that the camera is about level with your eyes. It may require propping up your device or monitor on other items, such as books.
Please make sure that you’re well lit and don’t have a bright light source directly behind you
If you have concerns about your WiFi strength be sure to move your computer as close as you can to your WiFi router (the box that makes the WiFi.) Or better yet — plug your computer into the router with a cable!
After that, you’ll want to close out of any programs you don’t need which use your Internet connection. This video will show you some examples of doing that (and this article will explain it.)