Online & Telephone Counselling
Online and telephone counselling offers a confidential, private space, with the same level of support and confidentiality as meeting with a counsellor in person. It can offer solutions to those who would find it difficult to access support in the traditional setting. Although face to face counselling is believed to be the most popular type of counselling, people are individual so what works for one person may not work for another. You may have tried face to face counselling before and feel it was not right for you. Some people prefer not to physically meet with a counsellor or due to feeling of embarrassment towards the difficulties they are facing.
Many people are to busy with the demands of daily life, working and looking after a family but still want to access counselling. However, they are continually faced with barriers when trying to access support because evening counselling slots are in demand. Online and telephone counselling means greater accessibility. It is more affordable without the hassle of travelling and extra costs. It can easily fit in with your any plans you have whilst still meaning your needs.
Some people make the choice not to ask or access help because of the stigma that is attached to asking for help, the need to remain strong and silent. If you are worried about others finding out, working online means you can keep this to yourself.
How does online counselling work?
This allows you to interact with me in real-time over the internet using a webcam, it means that we can see each others faces during the session but not the whole of each other as we would when working face to face You will need a computer or electronic device with a webcam. The software used for online counselling is Zoom or Vsee. If using Zoom a link can be sent to an email account. It is important when working this way you feel comfortable and that this is suitable for the difficulties you are facing.
Telephone counselling is just what it says, normally using software to make calls online. If you prefer to do it via a ‘normal’ telephone we can do this, it would mean that you would need to make the call and the costs of these. It is offered without us being able to see each other.
If you are worried about being seen when sharing those times in your life that have been dark and painful or perhaps it is this that has stopped you from finding out how counselling can help you until now. Online and telephone counselling means that you can explore what is bothering you without that worry.
Please be aware that online counselling is not appropriate if you are in acute distress. If this is the case call 999, visit your local A&E or Contact the Crisis Team.
How Online & Telephone Therapy can Help you
3 Ways it can Help
The opportunity to share the burden of emotions those that have been weighing you down, lessening the affect they have on daily life.
As you are in control of the environment it allows you to feel more comfortable, stable and secure. Distance can make it less intimidating.
It's a different way to communicate, allowing adjustments to be made to suit individuals needs.