Counselling can help with so many things, it’s important that if you’re struggling to speak out. If you don’t feel like you can talk to your friends or your family and you want to perhaps seek advice from a professional do not be afraid to do so.
Due to the circumstances around Coronavirus and the government’s advice on social distancing, I will be taking my counselling online for the foreseeable future until we’re able to meet face to face again. I wanted to inform my past clients and future ones, just exactly what it will involve so that you feel at ease and not anxious due to it being a new form for not only you but for me too.
I am using a software called Zoom where we can connect with each other and discuss your issues through a call to ensure you’re getting the best help you can. It’s simple to use, it will require me to send you over a link and you connect to the call I host. The software is free to use, so don’t worry about that. It’s best for me to be able to connect with you in a safe way.
Online counselling has grown in popularity a lot more over the years, due to lower wait times, and in some cases, it’s more convenient.
What is online counselling?
Online counselling covers a huge variety of mediums from a text to video calls. It offers the exact same level of support and confidentiality as a face-to-face session would with a qualified counsellor. Sometimes for people, it can be a lot more convenient and they may prefer to speak online rather than in person, but some, on the other hand, prefer to talk in person rather than online, it depends on the person and what they prefer.
It can be through email, instant messaging, a phone call or a video call which is as close to face-to-face as much as possible.
What does it involve?
Every type of online counselling works in a slightly different way. I will use some of the time to be able to get to know you, what you’re struggling with and give you advice on how I can help and what that will entail. I offer a free twenty-minute session so you can see if I’m the right counsellor for you.
Through video call, it will offer benefits and added convenience for online therapy, video chat sessions tend to use a secure platform that gives the convenience for online therapy. Making it easier to have a steady flow of conversation rather than just through a text. It’ll be a chance for you to talk face to face with me about how you’re feeling and we can talk about steps to help you in a secure and comfortable environment.
What are the benefits of online counselling?
It’s accessible, quite often when face-to-face counselling happens spaces can get taken up super quick. With online, it can offer more flexibility and shorter waiting times to speak to me. It will make it easy for you to gain support when you need it, as we simply set a time and go onto Zoom for our appointments.
With online counselling, it can make you feel more comfortable as you’re in your own environment, which is understandable. For those who may suffer from a disability, it can often be challenging for you to get to a therapist office, whereas online counselling you can do it where you want and where you feel relaxed, so you’re not stressed at any point. Some who may suffer from anxiety or agoraphobia may find online counselling a lot more accessible.
It can be more convenient, it can help those who struggle to get places, save time and money from not having to travel and those that live in rural areas will find it easier to access online. Some people may feel more at ease when opening up and discussing issues they have encountered through the video or call. For those who often put off face-to-face counselling, it gives them a chance to embrace the online therapy world and get the support.
Is it right for you?
For the meantime, it is really all we can do when it comes to counselling, but if you’re still unsure as to whether it’ll work for you. It’s best to do more research into it. You can explain to me what your own situation is and what you would want to get out of our counselling sessions together to help keep your mind at ease.
Everything we talk about online will be secure and kept private, nothing will be said to anyone without your consent and under no circumstances will you have to worry about that.
All information that you choose to disclose will be treated in the strictest confidence, which means parents and teachers cannot access it. However, under the Children’s Act, 1989, counsellors are required to report child protection concerns to social services. If it’s necessary for me to pass on any confidential information, I will, wherever possible, only to do so with your consent.
Everything is confidential apart from harm to self and others which follows the BACP ethical framework. By law, if there is a disclosure of money laundering or terrorism I would report this to the police. All of the confidentiality agreement is in the working agreement that is sent out prior to the session starting.
I do counselling for young people issues, depression, anxiety, exam stress, loneliness, abuse and eating disorders if you have any other worries to not hesitate to contact me. To book an appointment, contact me on 07510 495791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form on the website.
I offer a free informal 20-minute session so that you can see if I’m the right counsellor for you and to make sure you feel comfortable.