Online counselling has been an additional option to face-to-face sessions since the late 90’s and it is on the increase. For a variety of reasons many people see this as the right option for them: it could be your line of work, location, health issues, family commitments, or simply because it feels less daunting to do.
I have had very good experiences working online, both with clients I knew previously from face-to-face sessions, and with new clients. My preferred medium is Skype or similar applications for video calls. They are easy to use and permit a personal, direct and 3-dimensional encounter, including eye contact and body language. I also conduct telephone sessions but don't work per instant messaging or email.
In order to make the most of all sessions, please ensure that you are in a private and comfortable space, with a good internet connection and without interruptions or distractions. Confidentiality is essential also for online counselling,
For an online session to take place, my fee is to be paid in advance, usually through bank transfer. Visit 'Practicalities' for further information on how to start and costs.
Please note : online counselling is not appropriate for people in an acute crisis needing immediate help. If you are feeling high distress please contact your doctor, local hospital, or psychological support services.