The Curry Psychology Group provides Online Therapy services to clients in California and Hawaii in accordance with the standards set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the state licensing boards.
To participate in Online Therapy, you will need:
- Access to a computer with a video camera
- A compatible microphone headset
- A high-speed internet connection
- A VSee web therapy account.
Online Therapy is conducted through VSee; a free, fully-encrypted video therapy application. VSee works similarly to Skype and FaceTime. However, full-encryption means that your privacy is preserved and therapy sessions remain absolutely confidential. VSee is also designed to provide higher quality audio and video streaming even with low bandwidth internet connections, minimizing issues like “screen freeze” and audio delays.
The VSee application is compatible with both PC and Mac computers, and is also available as an App for iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets.
Established Clients- Download VSee:
Click on your therapist’s name to set up your free VSee account:
PREPARING FOR THE SESSION
Most Importantly, Check Your Connection
A strong internet connection is the most important factor in having a clear and uninterrupted online therapy session.
- Run an internet speed test to make sure your internet bandwidth is at least 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps.
- Reset your modem by unplugging the power cord, waiting one minute, then reconnecting to power.
- Turn off any other devices that are connected to the internet (phones, tablets, etc.), or temporarily disable their network connection. Ask that others who share your internet connection log-off while you are in session.
- Close all other online windows on your computer, and discontinue any downloads that may be in progress.
- Choose a location for the session that is close to your internet modem and router.
Choose a Private Location
Set up your computer or tablet in a private location where you will not be overheard or interrupted.
Lighting should be aimed toward the front of you. Avoid sitting with a window or other source of bright light behind you.
Use a Microphone Headset or AirPods
This improves overall sound quality and prevents a distracting “echo” caused when one person can hear them self on the other’s computer speaker.
Make sure your camera is eye-level and that your face is fully visible on the screen.
Move the Video Image for Eye Contact
Once your therapy session has started, position your therapist’s live video image at the top and center of your computer screen, right below the camera. This will enable you to make eye contact during the session.