Coronavirus changed life for most of us in one way or another and continues to do so. Social distancing meant that face-to-face counselling had to stop, at least for now. I know this has been difficult for many people to adjust to.
What I’ve discovered over the last few months however, is that online counselling can be just as effective and has additional benefits, particularly if you:
- have a disability that makes it more difficult to travel or find an accessible therapy practice
- want to be more environmentally conscious and avoid using transport when there’s an more environmentally-friendly alternative
- are limited on time and need to fit sessions in without spending time travelling to and from somewhere
- want the freedom to choose a therapist who is right for you but who isn’t necessarily in your local area
- have difficulties arranging childcare and wouldn’t be able to attend face to face counselling at all.
So how does it work?
Just as you’ve probably been using Skype, WhatsApp or FaceTime to speak to your friends and family, I’m using the same platforms (plus Zoom) to work with clients who – like you – are looking to make changes in their lives.
All of the platforms have pros and cons – FaceTime is only available to iPhone or Mac users, but it’s rated highly for the security of its connection; Skype and WhatsApp both depend on you having the app installed on your device, but both are well-known and easy to use; Zoom originally had some bad publicity for a security flaw (which has now been rectified), but you don’t need to download an app as you can access Zoom video calls through your web browser.
I offer a free 10-15 minute chat when you contact me about counselling sessions and that gives us a chance to discuss what video platform would be best for you, as well as any other questions you might have. If you’re really not keen on using video or unsure about the technology, then we can agree to do sessions on the phone instead.
If you’d like to explore whether online counselling would work for you, please contact me for more information.
Take good care.