In my professional practice I have noticed that over the past few years years online therapy and counselling has gained in popularity. It seems to not only be amongst busy workers, technophiles and out of towners, but also for the less tech savvy who like the convenience of not needing to commute.
With the COVID-19 pandemic online therapy has skyrocketed and seems to have cemented itself as an equally valid option to a face-to-face counselling or therapy session.
Numerous studies and NHS research has found online counselling and remote therapy to be just as effective as visiting a counsellor or therapist face to face. Studies also show that some clients who have the time for face to face therapy even prefer online counselling because they find it gives them more flexibility and comfort.
Easily available technologies like Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangouts have meant that most people have quick and simple ways to connect to others virtually, including therapists.
Why choose online counselling:
Lack of time– you don’t have to travel long distances to see a therapist and it can fit around you and your time – this may especially suit people living in remote areas
Practicality– You can access it from the comfort of your home where it may feel more confidential and discreet. It may feel less intimidating to ‘meet’ online rather than face to face and it may feel easier to talk about difficult issues this way
Social anxiety/Agoraphobia- meeting online may feel easier for someone who suffers from social anxiety, as it does not require any travelling or needing to spend time in new environments
What to expect:
Practicalities- Once we agree on working together and found a time that suits both sides we will agree on which technology to use. If we use zoom I will send you a password protected link from which to access the sessions. For FaceTime, you will get in touch at the scheduled time using my phone number and for Skype you will contact me through my Skype id.
Confidentiality- Feel free to use a mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer, but make sure to talk in a room that you feel comfortable in, and preferably somewhere private where you will not be overheard.