FaceTime and Zoom are no-fee, internet-based video conferencing application that stream via most computer operating systems worldwide. Their simplicity of use and high-quality transmission are best experienced via a high-speed internet connection.
Most computers today come equipped with a webcam and microphone. If your computer does not have a webcam, you will need to install a web camera and audio speakers. Many webcams come with a built-in microphone.
FaceTime is available only on Apple computers, iPads and iPhones. It gets high marks for encryption and ease of use.
Zoom requires an account, which I provide. The quality of Zoom sessions is excellent. When you schedule a Zoom session, I create a link for our meeting and email the link to you at the time of our session. You simply click on the link to join the session. You will need to download the Zoom application prior to the session but you do not need to create an account since the session takes place on my account.
These sessions are conducted in the same way that office-based sessions are conducted and they are the same length (50 minutes). Communication by these technologies is encrypted and decrypted automatically, which lowers the chance of your communications being intercepted (compared to sessions done by cell phone).
During your session, I recommend that you create a private space free from distractions. I also suggest that you use a headset for increased privacy. If you are caring for children at home, I suggest we meet while they are napping or have some other activity that will give you uninterrupted time for your session.
Sessions are confidential, and you can freely talk about any issue.
My fee is the same ($150) as fees for a session in my office. Payment is by credit card only.
Please let me know of any concerns you have before starting therapy. If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, I am available to set up a 10 minute “test” before our first session so that you can become comfortable with the technology and determine if this format is suitable for you. There is no fee for this appointment.