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Online counselling offers individuals the same level of support and confidentiality as that of meeting face to face with a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist, but in addition can also offer suitable solutions to some of the difficulties associated with receiving treatment in a traditional therapeutic setting:
Individual Therapy means meeting with your therapist on a one-on-one basis. Today there are many different platforms to enable individual therapy to take place.
Many therapists today integrate different therapy styles such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis and/or person-centred therapy. However, some therapists work in a more purist way only utilising one form of therapy such as CBT, Schema Therapy or DBT (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy). See below for a more extensive list of different types of therapy.
Platforms used for Individual Online Therapy
Today there are many different platforms to enable individual therapy to take place.
Your therapist or counsellor and you should have a provision for a quiet, private space to allow regular sessions to take place. You will usually be sent a link to click on enabling you to enter the virtual room with the client. One of the most popular platforms today is zoom. Zoom offers a simple quick and easy way to meet online whereby your counsellor will send you a zoom link embedded in your appointment confirmation. Once you click on the link at your assigned time you will arrive in the virtual room with your therapist. Other platforms which may be used include skype or vsee.
Talking over the telephone is still a popular way of meeting with your therapist.
What are the benefits of Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy or counselling can help you on many different levels and for a variety of reasons. Some of these include increased self-awareness, encouraging self-exploration, understanding unmet-emotional needs, introducing boundaries when needed, improving communication and learning healthier ways of coping.
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.
What to expect?
Counselling and therapy can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start to feel better.
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
What are the different types of Therapy?
Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, traumas from childhood and adulthood, workplace stress etc. Other than counselling below you can find a selection of what we offer here at Talk in The Bay:
- Art Therapy: using art and drawing to understand and communicate difficult emotions
- Behaviour Therapy: explores and understands the way you act and behave in different situations
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): explores your thoughts and emotions and how these impact on your behaviour
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Explore opposing positions and how these can co-exist
- Drama Therapy: using drama and music to understand and communicate difficult emotions
- Humanistic Therapy: Focuses on the mind, body, spirit and soul of the individual
- Mindfulness Based Therapy: becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings and learning to live in the present
- Person Centred Therapy: Focus on the self and your strengths and how you can transfer these into personal growth
- Solution Focussed Therapy: Focuses on what you want to achieve in the future
- EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing): EMDR is a specialist, integrative model that
includes CBT, hypnosis and neurobiological mechanisms to trauma.
It is important to note that you do not have to know what therapy might be best suited to you before your first session.