"For me, being a therapist is
a calling. I am passionate about what I do."
Recent moves over to video conferencing has really opened up therapy to more people . That’s because it allows one of the most important aspects of real therapy to take place and that is the regular as clockwork weekly appointment. It is the regularity of the sessions that make all the difference.
For people who are unable, for whatever reason, to see a counsellor in person, online and telephone counselling is a vital service. The growing body of research into online counselling has established the treatment outcomes of online therapy are at least equal to traditional settings.
Online therapy has additional benefits as clients often feel at greater ease and less intimidated than they would in traditional settings. This makes clients more likely to open up and be honest, thus allowing the counsellor to provide better service.
Of course for some face-to-face work is preferable but software such as Skype, Zoom or FaceTime allows many more people to engage in therapy.
For some people online therapy opens up a whole new world:
Anyone who is disabled and unable to leave the house
Agoraphobics who need therapy in order to leave the house
People who travel on business.
People who have family commitments that mean leaving the house is not always practical.
Anyone who lives miles away from the nearest therapist
People who are working on shame based issues because telephone or video sessions give them more control over each session allowing them to feel more secure.
Anyone living abroad who wants an English speaking therapist.
Changes in the way we live and work make that important regular commitment to therapy very difficult. Online therapy is the solution.
Is video therapy for me?
If you have not already got Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, why not spend a few minutes downloading it for free.
Please be aware of the following before booking online with me.
Online Therapists cannot respond to crisis situations. If you are feeling suicidal please contact email@example.com or call your GP.
Security and confidentiality
As with anything online, you need to protect yourself and your computer.
You need to be sure you have all the usual precautions in place such as an antivirus program, using a personal firewall, and updating security programs regularly. There are many free websites that will help you with this, such as www.getsafeonline.org
Once your computer and internet settings are secure, you will also need to consider how private you will be when you have your video counselling session. To help you speak more freely, you will need to be confident that nobody can overhear you or interrupt the session. You need to consider such things as when you can be alone in front of your computer for at least an hour a week. You may want to plan your sessions for a time when other commitments are not demanding your time elsewhere..