Online Therapy

What you need to know

 

How it works

Got more questions about how online therapy works?

Online counselling session is similar to in-office in person session except that it takes place over the web-based communication system similar to Skype, but secure & encrypted and easy-to-use system called Zoom. You can meet using a computer or any mobile device.

Steps to join an online therapy session:

  1. Book your appointment, either through my online booking system or with me over the phone.

  2. Check to make sure you received a Confirmation Email from Light On Wellness. The Confirmation Email will contain a URL to the online meeting as well as the options to Cancel/Reschedule the appointment.

  3. At the time of your appointment open the Confirmation Email and click on the link next to “Where” (First time, it will ask you to download an application called Zoom, takes about 2 mins).

  4. Enter you name and will take you straight into the video meeting with me. No usernames to create, no passwords to remember, no accounts to register or confirm. Easy peasy. In the event of any difficulties, I will call you at the number you provided at the time of booking the session.

How to prepare for the session, make sure of the following:

  1. That you have a strong connection to the internet. Please do not rely on cellular data!

  2. That you have a working front-facing camera and a pair of headphones in case we experience echo.

  3. Create a private setting for yourself, where you won’t be bothered for the duration of the session by roommates, family members, pets, colleagues, emails or phone calls, so that you can maintain focus like you would in a therapist’s office.

  4. If it is your first session, please fill out and return to me this form.


Benefits of Online Therapy

One of the few obvious benefits of online therapy is, of course, convenience, accessibility and flexibility. It can be done from the comfort of your home office, bedroom, work office, living room, you name it. It cuts out the need for yet another commute through the city in rush hours, it is immune to the drama of our weather patterns. It makes is easier to book last minute appointments if schedule permits.

This form of receiving therapy is especially loved by those with busy lifestyles alike

  • stay-home/mat-leave moms and dads who can only have their session only during baby naps

  • 9-5 office working bees who can’t fathom another commute and like to connect with me at the office in the morning before working hours, at lunch, or right after office hours right in the office before going home

  • persons who live in remote areas where access to mental health options is limited

  • self-employed individuals who have an unpredictable schedule

The list goes on but is not limited to the lifestyle. This form of therapy may be the only answer to

  • persons with severe clinical depression who lack energy and motivation to seek out therapy outside of the house

  • people who suffer from agoraphobia

  • persons who suffer from any psychological or physical conditions symptoms of which prevent them from leaving their house.


Limitations of Online Therapy

Things that are be limited by this form of therapy is the possibility on the part of the therapists to provide immediate attention to any physical symptoms that can be caused by triggering of old emotional wounds, or any other physical reaction such as allergic reactions, chocking or self-harm. In those cases I may be required to call 911 or your emergency contact.

The possibility of body psychotherapy modality or hands-on reiki is limited to in-person sessions only.

Although I am using only the most secure and encrypted modes of in-session communication compliant with the latest Canadian regulations on safe transmission of health information, nothing on the internet is 100% secure and there is always a possibility of interception of communication by unauthorized third parties. If privacy of your communications online is of the outmost priority for you, online therapy may not be the right avenue.