Make The Most of Telehealth: 6 Tips to Getting Better From Home

There’s a good reason why so many health experts urge you to step away from your devices. Unchecked, the “smartphoning” of our culture can have some negative impacts on our minds, bodies, and interactions. Yet, there are times when our digital technology delivers us some beneficial support.

In fact, creative humans all across the globe are using their phones and computers to stay connected — even in the face of a worldwide health crisis. One of the most important examples of this healthy connectivity is telehealth. Feel better, stronger, and more empowered without leaving home!

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth, you might say, is the future of health care. It enables you to interact with a practitioner without being in the same physical location. Specific to psychotherapy, telehealth (or teletherapy) refers to counseling sessions done via phone or video chat. You have the same amount of time but adjust to not sitting in the same space. In a time of social distancing, this is required. Post-pandemic, it may become a common and popular option.

The Upside of Telehealth


Think about it. There’s no commute. If you feel self-conscious about being seen entering a therapist’s office, telehealth removes that stigma. You can even schedule appointments for days and times that may be off-limits under traditional standards.


Getting a counseling session is not easy for everyone. You may live in a location without many options. If you are ill, disabled, or elderly, travel may be daunting. Telehealth allows you to get better from the safety of your own home.

Personal Flavor

A video chat session gives your counselor a glimpse at you in a more natural setting. As comfortable as you may be with your therapist in their office, it’s likely that they will gain more perspective seeing you in your home.

Make The Most of Telehealth: 6 Tips to Getting Better From Home

1. Inquire About Privacy and Platform

Talk to your therapist about the platform they’ll be using. You have every right to ask questions and get answers about the privacy and safety of this new treatment option.

2. Commit to Timeliness

With telehealth, you may feel lax because you’re not factoring in a commute. However, both you and your therapist have full lives well beyond your weekly sessions. This makes it essential for you to be timely whether the appointment is in-person or remote.

3. Commit to Focus

Your home serves myriad purposes for you. To get better at home, you must view your session time as a single-task situation. Commit to giving your full focus regardless of your other household obligations.

4. Reduce Distractions

This will be tricky at first. With some trial and error, you will be able to find a dedicated space for your sessions. This also involves minimizing interruptions, noise, etc.

5. Prepare in Advance

This will vary from person to person, but here are some basic suggestions:

  • Eat-in advance
  • Use the bathroom before getting started
  • Jot down some notes with a pen nearby
  • Keep a bottle of water in the vicinity

6. Practice Gratitude

We live in a remarkable time. Even in a time of global crisis, we still have access to the help we need. With a few clicks, you are communicating with a caring and experienced professional from the comfort of your own home. Take some time, before, during, and after each session, to express appreciation for this possibility. This can help put things in perspective and foster an open mind during home sessions.

The Help You Need is Available Right Now

I understand if, at first, telehealth seems unusual. That’s why I urge you to reach out and contact me today. Learn more about the process and its many benefits. Now more than ever, staying technologically connected is one of the best choices you can make.