Online therapy is a great way of being able to access counselling, from anywhere in the world. During social distancing, it is a safe, convenient and secure way to get help with many emotional issues without exposing yourself to risk from COVID-19.
Does online therapy work?
Receiving counselling via Zoom, instant messenger (IM), email, or telephone can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy offers an accessible and convenient way of getting the help you need where and when you need it.
I have a PG Diploma qualification, recognised by ACTO the professional body for the provision of counselling and therapy by online methods. At present, to comply with social distancing, I provide all my counselling services online. Some people may find that at any time, regardless of COVID, in-person counselling feels difficult to access for a range of different reasons:
Reasons to consider online counselling:
- Are you shielding or living with someone who is shielding?
- You might just not feel comfortable speaking to a counsellor face to face.
- Perhaps you can’t access counselling close to you, or maybe you often travel away with work? Easily accessible from anywhere, your regular counselling can be delivered to you in the comfort of your own home or hotel room.
- If you have a visual impairment, you may find it difficult or inconvenient to travel for a face to face session. How about a telephone or voice-only session?
- Clients with a hearing impairment may find face to face dialogue difficult and prefer a text based service such as email or even instant messaging therapy.
It’s also easy to offer couple counselling remotely, even if you are both in different locations.
How is online therapy delivered?
- Webcam (Zoom)
- Instant Messenger (IM)
I offer the webcam service through www.Zoom.com, a secure online platform and can be arranged at a time that works for you. I will send you a link to the appointment in advance of the session. You need a stable internet connection and laptop, iPad or phone with camera and microphone to allow us to see and hear each other. You don’t need to download the Zoom app.
For further information or to book an online therapy session, please email via the safely encrypted email service I use for email therapy: LauraScott13@Protonmail.com or use the online contact form on the home page or phone/text 07375 293 075
Following the initial no-obligation chat of about 15 minutes, each regular session is for 50 minutes. I offer online therapy at the same rates as in-person counselling. Payment for these services is through bank transfer prior to the session. I will send payment details to you individually.
Please note that online counselling is not appropriate if you are in acute distress or crisis. If this is the case, you might like to consider the Walking and Talking therapy option for side by side in-person therapy in the open air. Alternatively I advise you to contact:
- your GP
- your local A&E department
- The Samaritans: tel (in UK) 116 123 or email email@example.com
To find out more please get in touch and I will send you the online information pack and my bank details.