We recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review that revealed the number one perk in an office is...natural light. Working from home allows our DotCom Therapists access to all the natural light their homes offer, which got us thinking about the best ways to utilize natural light + other lighting features while hosting online therapy sessions. Below, our DotCom therapists share their brightest tips and tricks for lighting a teletherapy session.
Leave the Shadows to Batman //
Unless you’re a superhero working with the element of surprise, it is so important to keep your session lighting clear without shadows or darkness. Just as you want to be able to see your clients clearly, it’s essential for them to be able to see you as well, it adds to your overall professionalism. A nice table lamp can softly light your face without too much glare, or a ring lamp like this one can be helpful. Just be mindful of using a shade that casts a soft light, and not something too dark, or too bright.
Test it //
Even if your lighting is perfect in the morning, the sun has a mind of its own and won’t stay put just to keep your sessions well-lit. To avoid any unnecessary lighting issues, video chat with a colleague to test your lighting different times of the day and during different weather patterns (think - cloudy vs. sunny). Have them give you feedback as to shadowing, glare and overall clarity when you are on camera so you don’t have to rush to make changes as the weather quickly changes. Take note of what works when, and reference those notes when the lighting changes.
Let there be [natural] light //
Since it’s important to include natural light in your workday, try to position your desk parallel with a window in order to prevent direct glare on your computer screen. However, natural light, even when it’s not directly in front or behind your computer screen, can still cause shadowing and make it appear that you are in a darker room than you really are. In that case, closing the blinds and/or curtains can help alleviate the shadowing or the appearance of being in a dark room. Another option is to clip a small task light to your monitor or laptop to create more direct lighting.
So, while you enjoy all the benefits of your home office (natural light included), make sure to set it up so that you don’t have to troubleshoot lighting issues mid-session.
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