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Preparing for your Virtual Session


  • Take the time that you might have spent traveling to therapy, jotting down some notes on what you want to cover before your session.
  • Plan to be in a private and quiet place, and put some thought into minimizing background noises, interruptions, and distractions.
  • You'll need good cell and internet connectivity, with at least 10mbps.  If you can use FaceTime and stream YouTube, that should be good. 
  • You'll need a webcam on your computer or laptop, with 4 GB or RAM, or Smartphone with iOS 10 or Android 7.0.  Headphones are recommended. 
  • Your first Zoom invitation with prompt you to download Zoom, so click the link about 10 minutes before your first virtual visit.  You can join a test meeting in advance if you'd like to make sure zoom works for you:
  • Once you get your first invitation to Zoom, your meeting ID will be the same each session.  You can also access my waiting room from the link on my profile on Western Psych. 
  • You don't actually need a Zoom account to  join the meeting.  If you do set up an account, avoid using your last name if you are going to be in a virtual group, to protect your confidentiality.  
  • When you first enter Zoom, you will need to give it permission to use your camera and audio. You will be muted until you do so. Look to see that your feed shows up, instead of your name or icon.
  • Try to sit with lighting facing your as opposed to behind you.  Align the top of your head close to the top of the video frame.  Include your chin and neck in the frame.  Align the camera at eye level.  
  • If you are using your phone, stand or prop it up, rather than holding it in your hands, as it will move around and be unstable. 


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