Impact of COVID-19 and Lockdown
Like many people in New Zealand, I worked from home from Tuesday 24 March 2020 with my wife and two preschoolers. Meeting both work and parenting demands, without external support was certainly a challenge! I returned to the office on 02 June 2020 (with the aid of preschool and grandparents).
Many people in New Zealand and around the world are now struggling with separation from friends and family, uncertainty about work, financial stress, disrupted routines, increased care-giving demands, concern for the health of themselves and others, an inability to pursue restorative activities, and other problems. We are all faced with the challenge of how to cope right now and how to prepare for the future.
Video conferencing therapy
I have been seeing clients via Zoom video conferencing for several years. Therapy via video conferencing is a safe and effective alternative to meeting face-to-face. I resumed seeing clients in my office from 02 June 2020, but I continue to see a number who prefer video-conferencing for various reasons, and am happy to continue this.
Getting started with Zoom
Once we have booked a time, I will send you a Zoom meeting invitation. You can begin the video conferencing session on most devices by simply by clicking this link (which will invoke the necessary browser-based interface).
It is a good idea to install the free Zoom program beforehand from https://zoom.us/download or on a mobile device from the app store.
From within the Zoom app, please check that your device's camera, microphone, and speaker setup is working. This page may help you solve any problems that arise: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
‘Join’ the meeting by clicking on the meeting invitation link 5 mins prior to your appointment to make sure everything is working, and then we can start the session on time.
Tips for getting the best out of a video call
If possible, find or create a private and quiet space. If you can’t find a suitable place in the house, consider having the session from your car (but keep warm!).
Balance your device on something stable and elevate it to eye level if possible.
Consider using headphones or a headphone/microphone headset to optimise audio quality and privacy.
You may want to have a look at this tutorial video about how to join the Zoom meeting.