Do you have a job that takes you away often? Or perhaps you are a student; or have mobility or transport difficulties.
Online counselling can suit many people in many different scenarios. For example, in Australia, it is used to facilitate therapy for people in remote farming communities. In the UK it is often time, not distance, plus parking and travel costs that are clients’ biggest challenges. And when you are experiencing difficulties but can’t get to therapy those problems can seem even bigger. Or perhaps the help you want is not easily available nearby.
Technology can help you access our services at a time to suit you. It is not unusual for an online therapist to see clients living and working in all parts of the world.
I use a meeting tool called Zoom; which is flexible, secure and reliable. I email a link for you to click on at a time and date that we have agreed. I also send a sheet of tips on how to create the optimum conditions to help you get the best from online therapy.
In the first session I will ask you about the difficulties you are facing and your goals, as I would in face-to-face counselling, and together we can learn to navigate the choppy seas that you may be encountering, perhaps setting a new course or discovering how to surf the waves rather than going under them.
Zoom allows us both to share resources. For example, if I am doing schema therapy, I may show you details of schemas you may have scored highly for. Or I may share a diagram of a particular anxiety, depression or insomnia explanations. There is also a shared ‘whiteboard’ for drawing on.
If you are not quite sure if online therapy is right for you, I offer a 15 minute telephone consultation where you can ask questions and air concerns.