Online Counselling

I provide counselling in a safe and confidential virtual space using Zoom a secure online platform. Instead of meeting face to face in my consultation room in Redhill, Surrey, UK we meet online at an agreed time and place, wherever you are in the world. It is important that you choose a private space, so that you are not disturbed during our online consultation. You can choose to meet online using video or if you prefer I also provide counselling using email. Email counselling is arranged by us both setting up Hushmail accounts, so our communications are kept confidential. We agree during our initial communications when I will reply to your email, so you know when to check your in box. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advantages of Online Counselling

There are many advantages and certainly if you feel comfortable sending emails, enjoy Facebook or use Skype then accessing counselling online could be for you. 
 

  • No need to travel

  • No car parking fees

  • Any location

  • No appointment necessary (email counselling)

  • Work at your own pace (email counselling)

  • Online counselling works particularly well for people who:

  • Have busy schedules, making travel to see a counsellor a challenge.

  • Want 24 hr hour availability (through email) to have time to compose their thoughts.

  • Are housebound or are physically challenged, that makes it difficult to travel.

  • Travel often and would like to keep continuity.

  • Want to see an expert that is not available in their area.

  • Feel less inhibited communicating by email/video than being face-to-face.

  • Enjoy working from their laptop and feel comfortable communicating online e.g. Facebook; Skype;Instant Messaging.

Disadvantages of Online Counselling

There are some disadvantages to accessing counselling online and it’s important to be aware of those too, so you can make an informed choice as to whether you’re happy to work online.
 

  • You can’t see or hear your counsellor ~ unless you use voice/video.

  • Delayed response if working by email.

  • Does not work well with crisis or emergencies.

  • Does not work well with serious emotional, physical or legal problems.

  • Technical problems with computer/laptop that can interrupt the counselling process.

  • Issues of confidentiality if using a computer in a public place.

 

Next Steps

We conduct many of our relationships online and we naturally interact with friends and even strangers through a variety of social media. So accessing counselling online is fast becoming a natural thing to do with the development of online security and increased access to the internet for people across the globe. 

If you would like to book an online counselling session please read my informed consent. If you are happy with how I work online, please send me a message.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please visit www.samaritans.org or www.befrienders.org


 

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