Online counselling is a way for you to engage in therapy using internet technology such as video.  You choose the time, the place and the pace of your counselling to suit your needs. Every effort is made to provide a safe and secure environment for your online therapy with encryption software to protect your confidentiality and secure. 

 

Online counselling offers certain benefits but there are also limitations that are worth bearing in mind when deciding which type of therapy will best suit your needs.

 

Benefits

• Counselling therapy from your own home at a time that suits you

• Secure inscription software offers confidentiality and peace of mind

• No chance that you may be seen entering the counsellors practice

• Therapy at a time, place and pace that suits you

• Access to counselling may be more immediate

• Flexibility to chose the technology you feel is best for you, whether zoom or phone

Things to consider

• Are you comfortable using internet technology?

• 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 space that you can use privately without interruption?

 • There are no nonverbal cues or body language for you or the counsellor to read this can lead to misunderstanding

How it works:

Zoom is a way for you to see your counsellor face-to-face from your computer whilst engaging in therapy. You will be guided through setting up your own encrypted Zoom account and you will meet your counsellor on Zoom at a time that you have previously arranged. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.  Being able to see your counsellor gives you the benefits you get from face-to-face counselling but with the convenience of online therapy. 

 

Telephone counselling. This is similar to webcam counselling as it happens through the Zoom system, or via a handset, but without the visual aspects. You can choose to remain anonymous and the conversation is encrypted if held on Zoom. An advantage of telephone counselling is that non-verbal communication can be carried in you tone of voice or the pace of speech which can be picked up by your counsellor.  A disadvantage of telephone counselling is that you need a private room where you will not be overheard.

 

Confidentiality

Online counselling therapy take place within a secure, encrypted environment to offer you confidentiality and safety. Telephone and webcam counselling take advantage of the encrypted services offered by Zoom

 

About the way I work

I will provide, to the best of my ability, online counselling opportunities that endeavour to create a supportive, non-judgmental environment in which you will be given time and space to understand and gain insight into your situation. This process can foster growth and lead to positive change in your life. I will not be in a position to offer advice. There may be occasions where I ask questions about what you tell me. This may be to seek a clearer view of your difficulty or to clarify a misunderstanding in our communication. 

 

 

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be

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