Face to Face or Online Therapy ?
I offer face to face and online counselling in.
As a result of COVID 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 ACTO= (Ascociation for Counselling and Therapy Online) which is recognised by the BACP. I have seen many benifits for clients being able access therapy online.
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.
Sessions are held over Zoom or similar video call platforms. You can have sessions that don't require travel to a physical practice, making this accessible to many people. You'll need a safe, quiet and confidential space to hold our sessions and a reliable internet connection.
Unlike face to face work as 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.
Please note: Web-based counselling is not suitable if you are in acute distress. In case of emergency please contact your GP, local A&E department or call The Samaritans free on 116 123 (UK & ROI) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which is right for me?
I offer online, face to face and blended (a mixture of both) counselling sessions.
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. In accordance with government guidelines face masks should be worn in the common parts of the building when entering and leaving the counselling sessions. 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 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 and on some cases more so. I have undertaken substantive training in working on line and am a senior professional member of ACTO.