If you feel you would benefit from counselling but need a time and a place to suit your schedule, online counselling may be ideal for you. It is also a good option if you need support during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Online counselling is convenient and has been shown to be as effective as face-to-face therapy. If you live further afield, work abroad, travel frequently or have a busy schedule online counselling might be worth considering.

My online counselling service is:

Convenient: therapy can take place in the convenience of your preferred location with no travel time.

Confidential: your discretion is assured through the use of a secure video chat service.

Effective: studies have shown that online treatment is just as effective as face-to-face therapy and that satisfaction among clients has been rated as high. There are many ways in which online counselling is similar to face-to-face work as online counselling still allows for important factors such as real-time communication, verbal cues, eye contact, therapeutic alliance and observations of some body language.

How secure is online counselling?

I prefer to use Zoom for online counselling as it is HIPAA-compliant. It is preferred to Skype or Facetime as its systems allow for a more reliable connection and increased security to ensure your sessions are confidential. Registering to use Zoom is simple and free.

Online counselling has many benefits:

  • Busy people can access a high-quality service in a flexible way
  • You can access help from a location that suits you
  • No travel costs or travelling time
  • With international access it is ideal for travellers and those working or living abroad or for clients who move abroad during their therapy but who wish to continue the work
  • Easy access to therapy for people with some disabilities or mobility issues
  • It provides an excellent option if you don’t live near my clinic but would like to work with me

How an online counselling session works:

Booking: to book you can book online or you can contact me to see if I can help you and I can arrange a booking for you

Paying: if you book online you will pay for your session at the time of booking; if you book through me I will provide you with payment details

Getting ready: you will need to create a Zoom account in advance of your appointment. It’s a good idea to think about where you will be when the session takes place. It’s important you’re somewhere quiet where you can speak confidentially (e.g. in a room in your home). It’s not possible to conduct online sessions in spaces such as cafes or shared offices. 

The session: we each log into Zoom and at the time of your appointment I will call you. Your session begins and takes place as if we were meeting face-to-face.