Face to Face or Online Therapy ?
I offer face to face and online counselling in.
A year ago I never would have imagined I would be writing that as I only worked face to face but the world has changed. As a result I have undertake lots of CPD courses and also a substantive course to work online. As a result I have become a member of ACTO (Ascociation for Counselling and Therapy Online) which is recognised by the BACP.
Whilst different I have found online work to be just as effective as face to face work and for some people it can be more effective. It is not for everyone or every issue and if you would like to work online then we can have an initial phone conversation to see if it will be suitable for you.
I mostly work through Zoom so you will need access to the internet and to a private space where you can be for the sessions.
Unlike face to face work you are not travelling to the session so you may like to give some thought to what you do before and after the session to prepare for it and to process the work.
Which is right for me?
At the moment the choice is likely to be dictated by COVID.
I do have limited face to face sessions which are in a room where we can be 2 meters apart and which can be aired between clients. The BACP is recommending the use of PPE so face masks should be worn. You will need to sanitize your hands when you arrive and leave.
If you or anyone you live with has a temperature, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste or any of the other symptoms of COVID then you are asked not to attend and we can have the session online.
If you, I, or anyone we have been in contact with informs us that they have tested positive for COVID we need to notify each other and pass details on to the track and trace system.
This all sounds a bit harsh but at least for moment it is important we try and minimise the risks and spread of COVID.
Many people are choosing to have online sessions at the moment as it does decrease the risk for themselves and their families and there is also a consistent approach if we become restricted again. I have found that online counselling is just as effective as face to face counselling.