Online, email and telephone counselling offers individuals the same level of support and confidentiality as meeting face to face with a qualified counsellor or therapist. It can also offer suitable solutions to some of the difficulties associated with receiving treatment in a traditional therapeutic setting.
Common difficulties include:
Accessibility - Counselling slots can become booked very quickly. This is especially true for appointments that are in high demand, such as those in the evening and at weekends. Online and telephone counsellors however may be able to offer a higher level of flexibility - therefore reducing the waiting time for treatment and making it more accessible.
Affordability – I am able to offer online, email or telephone counselling at a reduced rate.
Anonymity - If you are concerned about the stigma attached to mental health problems, or you are worried that someone may find out you are having treatment; online services offer you a higher level of privacy, as well as in some cases, giving the option to remain anonymous.
Convenience - These services mean that you are able to receive support from the comfort of your own home, or wherever it is that you are. This can be a hugely beneficial aspect for certain individuals, particularly those who are housebound and/or disabled, carers who are restricted with their availability, parents who cannot afford childcare, people who cannot commit to regular appointments in the therapy room due to other priorities or location and those who are hearing impaired.
The idea of online counselling has been around for some time. Yet due to the rise of social media, online technology and use of smartphones, I have seen a growing movement towards online counselling services in recent years. With so many people online on a daily basis, either for leisure or work, online counselling is an ideal solution to the potential obstacles you may face when seeking therapy. If you feel this is something you can benefit from, please contact me for further information.