How To Perform Your Remote Therapy Sessions: Ultimate Guide

Remote Therapy

Thanks to today’s advanced technology, clients everywhere are seeking much-needed support with their mental health through a range of online channels.

Remote therapy offers convenience, privacy, and professional support to those that might otherwise not reach out to a practitioner, and any therapist with the right credentials can offer it. Read on to learn how you can deliver remote therapy from the comfort of your home, and help others overcome their challenges with unique mental health solutions of your own.

Before you continue, you might like to try out Quenza’s $1, 1-month trial to access all of its remote therapy tools and features.

Quenza will give you uniquely powerful e-health tools designed with engagement, results, and client satisfaction in mind – equipping you with everything you need to deliver positive results to those you help.

What is Remote Therapy?

Remote therapy, or distance therapy, is simply the delivery of mental health services using the internet.

With the exception of a few small adaptations, which are necessary for virtual collaboration, remote therapy is very much the same as face-to-face therapy.

While the specific structure of a therapeutic program varies based on an individual’s goals, a large component of remote therapy is also delivered using digital therapy activities such as worksheets and exercises.

The key difference between online and offline therapy is that rather than meeting in person for sessions, a client and therapist meet through videoconferencing, live chat, or audio calls.

Importantly, a large component of remote therapy is also delivered using digital therapy activities, so while the specific structure of a therapeutic program varies based on an individual’s goals, a remote therapy program will typically involve two elements:

  • Synchronous online therapy: The live sessions between a therapist and their client, and
  • Asynchronous online therapy: In which clients receive internet-based interventions like worksheets, assessments, and activities at time-delayed intervals from their therapist.

4 Proven Benefits of Telehealth

Therapy conducted online is not new – in fact, it’s been around for decades, and a large number of peer-reviewed studies have shown it to be as effective as conventional treatments for a variety of mental health challenges.[1][2]

According to studies, a few ways that professionally delivered remote therapy also benefit patients include make treatment more:[3][4]

  1. Making therapy more convenient
  2. Improving its flexibility
  3. Making therapy more accessible, and
  4. Reducing the costs of treatment for clients.

These benefits and more have led to dramatic growth in the popularity of teletherapy, with increasingly more mental health professionals looking to deliver their services online.

How To Perform Remote Therapy: A Guide

Online therapy can be somewhat daunting to practitioners who are accustomed to a conventional practice, and it can be hard to know where to start.

With the right software for designing and sharing your evidence-based solutions, however, the good news is that any effective program can be delivered through virtual channels.

Generally, offering remote therapy means that you’ll need to:

  1. Decide what your programs will include: You’ll require a videoconferencing solution for live sessions, for example, while purpose-built software like Quenza will help you efficiently design and share therapy tools.
  2. Select the right platform for your services: Beyond your tools, you’ll need to consider how your therapy software will help you communicate with clients, build engagement, and track progress.
  3. Plan what resources, lessons, and homework you’d like to share: This will generally be a range of mental health solutions, such as remote therapy worksheets, assessments, and exercises as well as essential therapy forms.

The system or app that you use to perform remote therapy will dictate how you interact with your clients, and how they, in turn, interact with your materials.

Ultimately, choosing a customizable solution will give you the maximum degree of control over how you help others and their therapeutic outcomes.

A Look At Couples Remote Therapy

As with individual online therapy, you can adapt your tried-and-tested tools into digital solutions to deliver couples’ therapy remotely.

Quenza Remote Couples Therapy
Remote couples’ therapy uses the same evidence-based approaches that make traditional couples therapy effective, for example, the Learning To Say No Quenza Expansion (pictured).

Here are a few popular evidence-based exercises from Quenza’s Expansion Library that you might want to start with:

  1. Learning To Say No – This activity teaches healthy communication skills to partners through prompts and questions, helping them to practice non-violent communication and live in line with their personal values.
  2. Gratitude in Romantic Relationships – Clients can work through this exercise to strengthen their relationships by nurturing mutual fondness and admiration using gratitude.
  3. Positive Reminiscence – With this activity, partners can learn to relive and savor positive moments from the past, to build positive emotions and appreciation.

What is the Best App For Remote Therapists?

As mentioned, the type of therapy you hope to deliver will determine what digital tools are best suited to you.

Many remote therapy apps and software solutions offer a range of features that solve different pain points in the typical practitioner workflows, but if you’re hoping to differentiate your offer and stand out in a crowded marketplace of e-therapists, a customizable solution like Quenza is the best toolkit for the job.

With Quenza, you can easily design and share unique therapy tools with clients, and create custom resources that align with their precise goals.

You can also:

  • Browse through a library of free, modifiable remote therapy tools, such as quizzes, worksheets, meditations, metaphors, lessons, activities, and exercises
  • Assemble your activities into convenient, automated pathways to share them with clients on a personalized schedule
  • Monitor and evaluate your clients’ progress remotely in real-time, allowing you to refine their programs or provide timely support
  • Brand your content with your practice logo, and send emails from your custom email address
  • Chat with individual clients and group participants from anywhere using live, HIPAA-compliant chat
  • Organize your therapy notes and counseling forms into convenient client profiles, and
  • Offer your patients a free mobile app with which they can access you and all your content, securely, in 16 different languages.

3 Ideas For Your Online Sessions

Quenza is full of easy-to-customize templates you can use as inspiration for your remote therapy sessions – just pick a solution that suits your client and start editing!

With your Activity Builder, you can add or remove different elements from Quenza Expansions to personalize them for your programs, as well as upload multimedia, alter text, and insert your own instructions.

Here are a few versatile, evidence-based remote therapy activities to get you started.

Acceptance of Emotions Meditation

The Acceptance of Emotions Meditation below is a guided audio script that can help clients develop a more positive relationship with unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety or fear.

Quenza Remote Therapy App
Quenza’s Acceptance of Emotions Meditation can be customized with your own mp3s, videos, or text for a more personalized remote therapy tool.

Working through the Acceptance of Emotions Meditation exercise will introduce them to the fundamentals of acceptance, before giving them an audio guide and reflection prompts to facilitate deeper learning.

Finding Silver Linings

If you’re sharing positive psychology activities to help others, Quenza’s Expansion Library has a wealth of skills-building activities based on frameworks like gratitude, resilience, and optimism:

Quenza Online Interventions Learned Optimism
Quenza’s evidence-based Finding Silver Linings exercise helps clients build personal resilience and an optimistic explanatory style.

Finding Silver Linings can help clients change a harmful negative outlook by equipping them with the skills they need to find the positives in life’s hardships.

This exercise invites clients to develop resilience and optimism using self-reflection prompts and a psychoeducational introduction to mindset.

Spending Time in Nature

The mindfulness and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature are well-known, but clients may sometimes want a little nudge to replenish their mental resources outdoors.

Spending Time in Nature provides a walkthrough of how we can focus our different senses to appreciate the beauty around us, and invite their many benefits into our lives.

Final Thoughts

Delivering remote therapy for the first time doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch – there are plenty of ways to use your tried-and-true interventions to help others digitally.

If you’re looking to combine your current face-to-face services with e-therapy, our guide to blended counseling is a brilliant place to start. Or why not get started by customizing one of Quenza’s Expansion Activities?

We hope you enjoyed this guide. To apply what you’ve learned and increase your impact, don’t forget to start your $1, 1 month of Quenza today.

Quenza is designed by professional teletherapists to help you enhance your practice, and will give you everything you need to offer your own professional blend of online therapy to those that you help.

References

  1. ^ Andersson, G., Titov, N., Dear, B. F., Rozental, A., & Carlbring, P. (2019). Internet‐delivered psychological treatments: from innovation to implementation. World Psychiatry, 18(1), 20-28.
  2. ^ Karyotaki, E., Ebert, D. D., Donkin, L., Riper, H., Twisk, J., Burger, S., & Cuijpers, P. (2018). Do guided internet-based interventions result in clinically relevant changes for patients with depression? An individual participant data meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 63, 80-92.
  3. ^ Connolly, S. L., Miller, C. J., Lindsay, J. A., & Bauer, M. S. (2020). A systematic review of providers’ attitudes toward telemental health via videoconferencing. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 27(2), e12311.
  4. ^ Stoll, J., Müller, J. A., & Trachsel, M. (2020). Ethical issues in online psychotherapy: A narrative review. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 993.

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Catherine specializes in Organizational and Positive Psychology, helping entrepreneurs, clinical psychologists and OD specialists grow their businesses by simplifying their digital journeys.

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