Online counselling can be a benefit in a lot of ways.
If time is limited, it allows to have your counselling session wherever you are and in the case of emails whenever you want.
If coming out of the house is difficult or not possible because of personal difficulties or carer responsibilities, it allows you to have your session at home without the need to travel somewhere.
Some people might also find it easier to discuss certain issues in writing or/ and without seeing the other person.
If you think that online counselling might be for you but you are unsure of the modalities have a look below or get in touch and we can discuss it together.
Things to consider
• Are you comfortable using internet technology?
• Would you prefer to see your counsellor face-to-face?
• Do you feel you can express your feelings effectively using words?
• Do you feel your situation is too complex to discuss via the internet?
• Is there a computer terminal that you can use privately without interruption?
Therapeutic email exchanges are generally one each per week.
We will agree on an agreed period of time or word limits. I will confirm reception of your email and then reply fully within 48 hours.
Counselling using email offers you the opportunity to consider what you wish to say before you send it as well as time between exchanges to reflect on the information you have received.
A consideration of email counselling is the time delay between your mail and the return mail and this makes email counselling not the best choice when urgency is a priority.
Video sessions are 50 minutes and can be weekly or fortnightly as required.
We will agree a time when we will be both able to sign in and be in a private space where we cannot be overheard or disturbed. If you choose this modality, I will give you more information about ‘Zoom’, which is a safe video platform similar to skype.
It is a way for you to see your counsellor face-to-face from your computer whilst engaging in therapy. We will meet on Zoom at a time that we have previously arranged. Being able to see your counsellor gives you more of the benefits you get from face-toface
counselling but with the convenience of online therapy. .
Chat sessions are 60 minutes and can be weekly or fortnightly as required.
We will agree a time when we will be both able to sign in and be in a space where we feel confortable and safe. If you choose this modality, I will give you more information about ‘Zoom’, which is a safe platform encrypted end to end.
A transcript is available afterwards allowing you to review what both you and your counsellor said. This gives you the opportunity to clarify any uncertainties you may have from your session and also leaves you with something to go back to as you process the information. You do not need a webcam for this counselling.