Currently, all my services have been migrated to be online only.
Below you can find information on how we will work together therapeutically in a remote way.
What is remote or online counselling?
There are many names that describe the offering of counselling or therapy online. Some of the most common are online therapy, remote therapy or virtual therapy, internet counselling, remote counselling or e-counselling, distance or web therapy. It can be via phone call, video call or email. Sometimes it is also known as text therapy as it may also involve phone messaging.
At the moment I work solely as an online counsellor offering phone or video sessions.
Research suggests that online therapy generate equal positive outcomes of those who attended face to face therapy.
Why should you contact an online psychotherapist?
Aside from the present exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic, there are many valid reasons to have an online counsellor.
Here are some:
- you feel a bit shy about starting with in-person therapy
- you need flexibility around your busy life
- you may find difficult to afford childcare, but you can spare 50 min for yourself from home
- you cannot or don’t want travel
- you prefer a bit of more control on the process
- you might have many other good reasons relevant to you only
When online therapy is NOT recommended?
In case of an acute crisis, suicide risk or severe mental health issues. In such circumstances, it is always best first to talk with your GP and I will recommend you to do so if this is the case.
How can I access online counselling?
We will schedule our therapy time which can be via Skype, WhatsApp facetime or phone call. During our initial call we will think about your options and preferences.
I will also ask you to fill in some details before our session. It is my strict policy to work only if those details have been gathered prior to the first meeting.
What do you need?
You can use your phone, iPad or computer (PC or Mac). I usually recommend using headsets as they help to keep privacy. A good internet connection is needed for Skype or WhatsApp calls. In case of interruptions due to connection issues, don’t worry, we will have already worked out a plan B.
Please allow yourself to find a quiet and private place from where you will call or log in.
However, I do empathise with the current circumstances caused by the pandemic and certainly, there is room for flexibility in such moments of crisis. We can discuss how to find the right place in our initial call.
Please do not take another call halfway through or engage in other activities like watching TV, eating etc.
Time to call
When it is time to get in touch with me in the agreed manner, I will be waiting for you to initiate the session.
Please be aware that at the beginning of each session I will enquire where you are for safety reasons.
The session time will be 50 minutes long, just the same as personal face to face ones.
If you join later, the session will come to an end at the same time.
Towards the end of your therapy time
You will be reminded when it is time for the session to end.
After our session, make sure you have closed the app that relates to our time together to maintain our privacy from other people in your environment.
A note on technological interruptions
Interruptions may happen during our remote sessions together; we both agree that we will be active in trying to minimise this.
Shall we have problems in connecting, please wait a couple of minutes and try to get in touch again with me e.g. after restarting the video app.
We will agree in advance on an alternative way to get in touch if the video call stalls or if reception on a phone call is lost, e.g. another phone number.
If this still doesn’t work, I will contact you to arrange a new date for the session and you will not be charged for the current session.
Setting up Skype
Download Skype: www.skype.com/en or from your app store.
In Skype you can find me by searching for firstname.lastname@example.org