Starting a career in mental health practice is not an easy task. Just like any other career, it takes a lot of effort and determination, especially in this competitive market. Getting the first clients may be quite challenging and it needs a lot to build up trust. However, as hard as it may seem, there are several measures that you can take in order to make every clients’ session worthwhile. When starting out, you ought to give your best of practice but this doesn’t mean that you should reduce your professionalism as you get more clients. You should maintain it. As the saying goes, it takes a long time to build a reputation but just one small mistake to destroy it.
As a mental health practitioner, you will always be on the lookout for the best possible practices that will leave your clients comfortable and satisfied. Teletherapy is one of the most growing forms of therapy where you get all the therapeutic care that you need through telecommunications. Better Help is one of the most reputable Teletherapy care service provider and below are some tips that they have shared and has contributed to their success.
1. Ensure that you use the right equipment.
Teletherapy involves counseling and therapy through phone and/or video conference. For this to be successful, you need to make the clients feel just like a face to face therapy session. One of the things that you need to heavily invest in is the right equipment that will ensure that there is a high-quality video with the right resolution and sound. Also, do not go for software that you like, rather, take time to listen to the needs of your clients and pick an equipment that is preferred by a larger percentage of your potential clients. If you are in a position, you can invest in two or three equipment will facilitate smooth communication.
Basically, the major equipment that you ought to invest in are:
a. A computer that has a high-resolution webcam.
b. Proper sound input and output
2. Always ensure that you have a fast internet connection.
Whether you have a top-notch computer, or an old school one, the basic thing that you should have when starting out the Teletherapy business is a reliable and fast internet connection. Your clients expect to have an outstanding experience. Having to always wait for the video conference to buffer or freeze in the middle of a session, it is bound to push customers away. Every client wants a situation whereby they can get through a session without any breakages. Also, remember to advise your clients to have a proper internet connection for the call.
3. Create the right environment for every session that you carry out.
Regardless of the place where you have set up your office for this Teletherapy business, it is paramount that you have the right environment for this profession. This does not only mean a conducive environment but you should also clear any uncluttered backgrounds, close the doors and windows for privacy purposes. If possible set your camera in a way that the natural light will shine on your face
By heeding to the above three tips they will be a strong stepping stone for your mental health practice.