What is Online counselling?
Online counselling (also known as e-counselling or e-therapy) is a way of receiving counselling via the internet instead of meeting with the therapist face-to-face. Sessions take place online either by email or ‘live’ via private instant messaging and instead of talking about your problems, you write about them. Alternatively, if you live too far away from the counsellor to meet in person, you may wish to receive counselling via skype, where you and your counsellor can actually ‘meet’ in realtime over a visual web-link and see each other during the session.
Why choose Online or telephone counselling?
Online and telephone counselling can be more effective than face-to-face therapy if, for instance, your circumstances or location don’t allow you to meet with a counsellor in person or if you find it very difficult to talk about your problems.
For Online counselling, you don’t need any special technical knowledge or equipment (except for a computer with an internet connection) and I will keep any information you share with me safe and confidential (see Is Online counselling private?). Our sessions can take place via email or ‘live’ in a secure instant messaging facility using text and whichever option you choose, you can keep a written record of each counselling session to read again.
Online and telephone counselling can help you to share your problems in a safe and supportive environment where you will not be judged. Together we can explore the issues so that you can reach a new understanding of your situation and work towards changing it, if you wish to.
If you would like to find out more about Online or Telephone counselling, please email me by clicking here. I do not charge for initial enquiries or general questions before we begin.