Happy New Year. 2021 will be a better year that last year, even though that may be hard to believe in the early Winter months.
I have moved my practice entirely online. That is until there is enough evidence that I can provide a safe service face to face. One of the questions that is asked a lot, is how effective is online counselling? The short answer is very; let me elaborate.
There is a skill to using an online medium, whether that is phone or a video product like Zoom. I provided online counselling to clients before the pandemic via Anxiety UK and they provided counsellors with coaching on using the telephone in particular.
Online and telephone counselling is effective as face-to-face.
In my experience of counselling over the telephone and internet, there are positive aspects compared to meeting in the counselling room. These include:
- Safety. For many (not all), home is a safe environment for the majority of clients to have their counselling sessions.
- The client’s choice to use video or just audio during Zoom consultations depending on their mood, confidence or level of anxiety.
- No need to travel, plan travel or to pay for travel
- Greater choice of appointment times
- Easier access to specialist counselling treatments that one would normally not travel that far to access
- A quicker assessment and induction. I find that clients over the telephone/internet feel less inhibited and open-up more quickly to the issues that they are ‘bringing to the table’. This means the healing work can start sooner.
An initial consultation over the telephone/internet.
I understand people may have concerns about the distant counselling experience. To set aside concerns and to get a ‘feel’ for how the counselling can work, I offer a first consultation for a fee of £50.
This time helps you decide if online is a way of working that can help with the issues you are facing. Clients come to me from Basingstoke and Hampshire mainly, but I am also working with clients located outside the UK.
To discuss, in confidence, counselling via telephone or internet, call 01256 976747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org