What is a Listening Session?
Updated: Feb 20, 2020
A Listening Session is your time to process whatever is going on in your life with an empathetic listening partner.
A Listening Session is an active process. While the speaker steers the conversation, the Listener asks questions and offers reflection. The purpose of a Listening Session is not to solve anyone’s problems or give advice. Rather it creates a space for vulnerability, understanding, and connection.
Sessions can last anywhere from as little as 5 minutes up to an hour, with the average time being 30 mins.
Sessions are conducted via video chat. It is important that the Listener be able to convey through body language and eye contact that they are giving their full attention.
Sessions often begin with the Listener inviting the Speaker to share “Whatever is big for you right now.”
Sessions on Listenly are 100% confidential.
Your First Session
The first session is a chance for both partners to get to know one another. You may share some details about your history and current situation to create the necessary context.
Your Listener will walk you through the format, and may begin the session with some breathing exercises or silent eye contact.
As always, the Speaker is in charge of his or her boundaries and never has to say or do anything they are not comfortable with.
Is it Like Therapy?
Listening Sessions are an emotional wellbeing practice that is distinct from therapy. Listening Sessions were designed with the philosophy that emotional tension naturally builds up through the course of our lives, and being heard by another person is an extremely effective tool for clearing that tension.
Listeners do not diagnose problems or give advice. Rather the act of being seen and heard is itself the support many of us need.
If you have any questions about the process you can always contact the Listenly Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in crisis or believe you may be a danger to yourself or others, please contact a licensed mental health professional.