“There is no difference in patient satisfaction depending on whether therapy is online or in-person, and for either method of receiving therapy, the outcomes are better the more sessions someone attends.”Does Online Therapy Work? | National Center for Health Research
Online video counselling has never been so needed to be able to support and help people in need. Accessing counselling from the comfort of your own home or anywhere else that’s confidential and you feel safe to speak freely has been essential since the first lockdown in 2020.
If you’re not technical this information may help you make a decision whether this will work for you. It’s not complicated, although the idea of counselling online may sound a bit daunting. But being able to reach out via online chat has never been so important and when you’ve done it once you’ll realise it’s as easy as picking up a phone.
I offer online video counselling through Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp all of which are confidential and free for you to access. Each week I send an email confirming our appointment and including a link to our session. You click on the link about 5 minutes before our appointment time which then takes you into a waiting room, prior to our session. I’ll then let you in when our session starts. Everything is done through your laptop, smartphone or computer.
If you’re not technical I can either talk you through what to do over the phone or send you a written guide.
Sometimes, technology lets us down and if this happens we can decide if we want to change to a telephone session for that week or make different arrangements. If you get stuck you can always give me a call and I’ll help you.
If you’re feeling anxious at the thought of setting up online chat, telephone counselling might be a better option for you and means you’ll still be able to access the support you need. Sometimes starting counselling by telephone and then moving onto online sessions may be something to consider.