Online & Telephone Counselling
NOTE: Due to Covid 19 and the extra demand for online and telephone counselling has increased tremendously. Accessing therapy from the comfort of your own home may particularly suite those of you who are having to self isolate or social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to be sure that I would be offering my clients a proficient service I studied for a certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, with Counselling Tutor May 2020.
Why choose online counselling ?
⦁ You are self isolating or social distancing
⦁ You find it hard to get out and about, for instance due to mobility issues
⦁ You don't have the extra time to spare for travelling to see a therapist
⦁ You would prefer a counsellor who is unlikely to know anyone within your close circles
⦁ You feel more comfortable and relaxed in your own familiar surroundings you travel for business and are often away from home making regular in-person counselling sessions impractical
But does it work ?
Studies show that online counselling can work as well as in-person, and in the case of some issues it may be a better fit than more traditional, in-person therapy.
When Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or VSee counselling can be a better fit than going to see a counsellor:
⦁ If you suffer from social anxiety, this can be a way of accessing help and support and can even be a way to gain the confidence to eventually attending in-person therapy.
⦁ where depression can make the very act of getting dressed and getting out of the house seem impossible.
What do I need for online counselling?
Mobile phone if you want to FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or VSee or any other forums you are comfortable with using on a computer/ tablet with webcam and a microphone facility, and reliable internet connection.
Is there anything else I need to be aware off ?
⦁ During the counselling session you will want to ensure you have a quite private place to speak, where you will not be disturbed. This is so you will be able to relax during your therapy session, knowing you will not be interrupted in any way.
⦁ You may want to use headphones, so that only you can hear what I your therapist is saying
⦁ It's also a good idea to turn off your mobile phone provide this is 'not' the device you are going to use, this way you remain undisturbed throughout your session.
Is there anyone who should not choose online counselling ?
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, I would recommend you don't choose online Counselling, but book an in-face appointment, as you may need that extra support of a physical presence with you who can liaise with your GP if needs be.
To cancel a therapy appointment please notify me 24 hours prior your session by phone call where you can leave a voicemail, text or email.