Why Online Counselling?
Online counselling provides an opportunity to explore a personal difficulty in a confidential and supportive environment. This may include expressing painful emotions which many of us experience throughout life. When this happens it can be difficult to stay positive and cope with everyday life. Online counselling affords you the opportunity to access counselling support at a time and in a place which is convenient to you and be supported in finding a positive way forward.
Online counselling may be able to help with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, anger issues, eating difficulties, loneliness, relationship problems, bereavement, self-esteem, sexual orientation, life style choices, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or neglect), discrimination, addiction and many more.
As with my face to face practice, I offer a no obligation initial session to decide if I am the right therapist for you
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Where I feel online counselling would not be the most suitable means of support, I will make every effort to assist you in a referral to a suitable alternative source of support.
I am not able to provide online counselling to any person who is under the age of 18. If this applies to you, I can help with information on referral to other agencies providing face to face counselling services or online work which is specifically directed to a younger age group.
Benefits of Online Counselling
About the way I work
I will provide, to the best of my ability, online counselling opportunities that endeavor to create a supportive, non-judgmental environment in which you will be given time and space to understand and gain insight into your situation. This process can foster growth and lead to positive change in your life.
There may be occasions where I ask questions about what you have written to me. This may be to seek a clearer view of your difficulty or to clarify a misunderstanding in our communication. You are free to ignore my questions and responses, or alternatively spend time between email exchanges reflecting on them. Similarly, there may also be instances where I may misunderstand something you have tried to convey. I might therefore ask if you could clarify this for me. I will encourage you to do the same if you have misunderstood anything which I have said or that you feel I have implied.
Assessment and Agreement
Prior to online counselling commencing, I will send you my assessment and agreement forms which ensures that we work together safely and ethically.
These forms include further information regards my online counselling service as well as details regards the logistics of working together. There is also a section for you to provide details about yourself, your current situation and what type of online counselling you are interested in.
If you have any further questions after reading these forms these can be discussed via email prior to counselling commencing.
How many sessions will I need?
This is not something we can predict exactly at the outset. Essentially, we will work for as long as is necessary for you to resolve the issues you came with. We will review our work regularly to check that you are receiving the therapy that is right for you. Of course, you are free to end at any stage. In short, I will work with you for as long or as short as is necessary for your individual needs.