How to Set Up an Online Therapy Session

A simple guide to setting up a teletherapy session with Zoom

by Paul Jozsef

How to Set Up a Teletherapy Counselling Session with Zoom - Paul Jozsef Counselling & Coaching | Westmount

What is Zoom?

Zoom is an easy to use video conferencing service that facilitates virtual meetings with others; it allows participants to ‘meet’ online. It is a safe and effective method for therapists and clients to meet when they cannot meet in person.

Zoom has become extremely popular as a method to meet as they are prevented from meeting in person.

When people talk about Zoom, they will usually be referring to a Zoom meeting. In this instance, a therapy session between a therapist and a client.

You can download Zoom for free from their website.

Advantages to using Zoom

  • Zoom offers a safe and private videoconferencing method of delivering teletherapy.
  • Data transmitted during sessions are encrypted and secure.
  • Zoom offers a video communications system for free unlimited 1-to-1 meetings.
  • Zoom is available to use on a wide range of devices and operating systems.
  • Zoom offers file sharing, screen share and chat capabilities.
  • Zoom (usually) offers very good sound and video quality.

Disadvantages to using Zoom

  • Zoom is not HIPPA compliant for the free version.
  • Setup may feel overwhelming. Good thing this article exists!

What equipment you’ll need to set up a teletherapy Zoom session

  • A computer, laptop or device such as a tablet or phone.
  • A webcam.
  • A microphone.
  • A reliable internet connection.
  • A Zoom account. You can sign up here.
  • And of course, Zoom installed on one of your devices.

How to schedule a Zoom session

  • 1. Open Zoom.
  • 2. Make sure you’re logged in.
  • 3. Click on the Schedule icon.
  • 4. Select your session setting: name of session/client’s name, date, time.
  • 5. For Meeting ID, check Generate Automatically.
  • 6. For Password, check Require meeting password.
  • 7. For Video, check Host On, Participant On.
  • 8. Under Advanced Options, check Enable Waiting Room.
  • 9. Then click, Schedule.
  • 10. On the next screen, copy the Zoom details and send them to your client..

And that’s it. You have successfully scheduled a Zoom teletherapy session.

For more tips on how to digitize your therapy practice, sign-up for a pre-release copy of Digital Practice – A simple step-by-step guide to digitizing and marketing your therapy practice.

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