Online therapy can be a way to receive counselling and psychotherapy that may otherwise be difficult to access for a variety of different reasons, and a key advantage for people is the flexibility it offers.
A first step is to consider whether online therapy is suitable for your circumstances and your reasons for seeking therapy and this is something we can discuss together in our initial consultation.
How does it work ?
As per consulting room face-to-face appointments, online face-to-face appointments are 50-minutes and are usually weekly, at the same time and on the same day. The session costs are the same and payments can be made online in advance in either sterling or euros.
Online therapy can be offered through Skype, FaceTime or Zoom. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, we can discuss this together.
How does online therapy differ from consulting room face-to-face therapy ?
Online therapy will require you to use a personal or professional space for your sessions. This is a key difference to face-to-face therapy as the space you use will not specifically dedicated to your therapy.
It is therefore helpful to think about having access to a space where you feel comfortable and that provides the privacy you need in order to be able to speak freely. Confidentiality is crucial in therapy, so this is an important consideration when you are not travelling to see a therapist in a space that is separate to your everyday life. Similarly, it is necessary to ensure as much as possible that there are no concerns about being disturbed or overheard by someone during your session. Ideally, you will be able to use the same space each week so there is consistency and continuity.
If you are not used to communicating online you may also need to allow some time to feel comfortable and to adjust. Every person is different and some people may find it easier to speak about potentially difficult issues online, but for other people, the opposite will be true. How and why this differs for you is also something we can explore in the therapy together, as potentially, it may have a bearing on your present relationships.
There may be times that technology for some reason let’s us down. As part of our work together we will discuss what we will do if we find there are issues connecting when it is time for our session.