Your family overhearing your skype sessions? We’re killin birds over here…

A brilliant, creative idea from a client. He/she, like most of us, was sick of being at the house all the time. Also, privacy is a new-found issue in our counseling sessions because I can’t offer the distant respite of my office. All of the sudden people’s families / spouses / roommates / coworkers / neighbors are all-too-near and might overhear through thin walls.

He/she killed all the birds with one stone, went to a McDonald’s, got a coffee, sat in his/her car for our session using McD’s wifi.

From a technological stand-point, their public wifi isn’t the peak of cyber-security. But if you’re like me, I assume all of my devices are watching/listening to me all the time. Alexa just chuckled when I typed that. Plus, if it’s a trade-off of the 100% odds that your roommate will hear you vs the .0001% odds (estimated value) that someone in McD’s corporate tech department is listening in, that’s a pretty clean trade.

So if you’re comfortable using a public wifi and you’re comfortable getting a coffee product handled by someone in the world (virus related, I mean), then that’s a pretty cool option. McD’s, Starbucks, etc; anything with a drive-through and sells coffee will likely work.

One of the losses for me in this coronavirus ridiculousness is not being able to offer you a drink for our session, so how about I buy you the coffee?

Get out of the house, get some fresh air, get out of ear-shot of your folks, and get a free coffee.

Thank you for the idea!!!

About Kip Watkins, MSEd, NCC, LPC

Kip is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Saint Vincent College and his Master's Degree from Duquesne University. Passionate about existential and systemic modes of therapy, he completed the post-graduate program at the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh. He deeply enjoys his work with his clients and he also loves helping other clinicians have more meaning and joy in their work.

One thought on “Your family overhearing your skype sessions? We’re killin birds over here…

  1. It looks like Dauphin County is now under a Stay At Home Order; so make sure you’ve double checked the legal/social updates in order to know whether this is an acceptable idea…


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