Tele-Health

Are you in search of a therapist that can work with the flexibility your life requires in the moment? Looking for someone you can fall apart with and catch your breath in the midst of these challenging times?

It's crazy how things can change so quickly, in a moments time what we knew to be normal is no longer.  It highlights the fragility of life and the world we live in.  Life is big right now and it surely isn't feeling like that safe bubble we were living in at the beginning of the year. The hard part now is letting go and creating this new normal that we are all being pulled into and that's where Traveling Light Therapist's can help.  We want to help you journey to this new normal by helping you: 

  • sit in your emotions for a second and fall part as you momentarily lean into all the feelings you are feeling regarding everything and anything

  • navigate what at times can feel like an out of control roller coaster of emotions, 

  • find ways to respond, instead of react to emotions and situations

  • discover tools on how to reframe your life

  • gain control over your life and emotions

  • create a new normal 

  • think through and problem solve your best options

  • create change more easily

  • explore accommodations that can improve your life

  • formulate more realistic expectations of yourself, your circumstances and the world around you in order to relieve stress, depression, anxiety and overwhelm

  • get to know your own needs and prioritize them

  • overcome challenges through greater awareness

 

We want to help you with this new normal within the safe space we create for you to fall part, off load and just talk.  Creating this new normal will result in a calmness in your anxiety regarding all the things you are freakin out about that are not in your control.  

 

We are here to be the calm in your storm.  To offer support, help and comfort to this new uninvited normal that has either turned your life upside down, created additional stress, or completely taken you out.    

You don't have to go it alone.  We are here to help!!  What are you waiting for?

All About Tele-Health

What is Teletherapy?


Think Face Time! It is very similar to facetiming with a friend. I'm sure by now you have had expreince with talking with someone on face time. And the cool part is that Tele-Health is just as effective as in person therapy. It's a safe, discreet place with your therapist that you can unload and talk about whatever you need to in order to ride the waves of this pandemic. Through audio and video over the internet, you can meet with your clinician on-the-go from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device (iOS or Android) - it's your choice! Telehealth allows us to connect anywhere with secure and convenient appointments that save you time and hassle. There's no need to deal with traffic when you can schedule and attend your appointments directly from a laptop or mobile device. So, How Does It Work? It's quite easy, you schedule your appointment time just like you would set an in office appointment and make sure your distraction free. You will receive a link from you clinican in which you will click on prior to your scheduled time. Once in you will be automatically directed to an online waiting room in which your clinican will join you at your scheduled appointment time.




Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to clients six of the most commonly asked questions.

  1. How easy is it for me to use Telehealth? It’s very easy for clients. You can start an appointment directly from their web browser on their computer or tablet or from their mobile phone by just clicking on the link sent to you by your clinican. Once you click the call, you’re all set. It will place you into a virtual waiting room in which your therpaist will receive you.
  2. How secure is Telehealth? Telehealth is developed in a secure and compliant manner that meets administrative, technical, and physical control requirements defined by HIPAA. The information security and compliance program is derived from the HIPAA, HITRUST, and NIST security frameworks to ensure measures meet all necessary security and privacy controls.
  3. How should I prepare my space for a Telehealth appointment? Identify a suitable room that is quiet, private, and free of distractions. To keep background noise to a minimum, make sure to close any doors, shut windows, turn off the television, and keep loud pets in another room if possible. Consider hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door to avoid interruptions.
  4. Is Telehealth private? Just like a face-to-face appointment, your Telehealth visit will be private and confidential.
  5. Will the appointments be recorded? None of our appointments will ever be recorded or stored.
  6. Where’s the best place to do a video call? When deciding the best place in your home, you will want to choose a space that is private and away from household members, coworkers, pets or any other potential distractions. Here are some additional recommendations:
    • Adjust your light. Some small lighting tweaks that can have a huge impact include placing a lamp or other light source behind your monitor, pointed toward you. Also, make sure you don’t have too much light behind you. If you’re on a laptop, make sure the camera is at eye level and not pointing up at the ceiling lights, or down at the floor.
    • Choose a quiet, private location. Identify a suitable room that is quiet, private, and free of distractions. To keep background noise to a minimum, close any doors and shut any windows.
    adaptated from Getting Started Guide by Simple Practice




Tips for Success


We recommend joining the video appointment a few minutes early to test your settings. If you need to cancel or have questions about the appointment, please contact your therapist. What can I do to do improve the quality of the connection?

  • If you live in an area with slow internet, this can really affect the speed of your connection. Here are some basic steps that can improve the overall quality:
    • Use wired Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi whenever possible. Wifi will work, but you may experience a lag and interference, which can make your video and audio choppy. If you experience a lag or interference while using Wifi, we recommend moving closer to your router. However, wired internet will give you a much smoother, more consistent experience.
    • Test your internet connection speed. Google provides an easy way to test your internet connection directly from the google homepage. Simply search: internet speed test. Click the blue button that says Run Speed Test. If it is under 10mbps and you’re using Wi-Fi, try using a wired internet connection or restarting your router.
    • Close other programs. If you have several programs running in the background, closing them will almost certainly improve the quality. Also, make sure you’re not downloading any large files.
If you are unable to connect, please contact me as soon as possible to see if I can help you troubleshoot.




How to do therapy at home with children present


  • Create a special activity that they can do only during counseling time. For example: a special box that only has quiet fun things that will keep them occupied for an hour. If you have more than one child you may need to create a box for each child.
  • Limit screen time during the day and use the therapy time as their screen time.
  • Create ground rules so they know what the expectations are for this time and what the positive and negative consequences will be.
  • Remind yourself you need a break!





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