Online Counselling can provide accessibility and flexibility for those who may struggle to attend a face-to-face session, which can be for many reasons, such as time, access, or a preference to be at home. I can work with you via video link (I use Zoom, which is similar to Facetime or Skype but more secure), or instant messaging (like texting or online messaging where we talk via written words on the screen) - whichever way you feel most comfortable with.
You may feel a little nervous about video sessions if it isn't something you already use comfortably elsewhere, but generally people find the screen and camera really do feel less intimidating once you're in the session. Feedback from clients has also shown that the screen isn't a barrier to creating a genuine, open and connected therpeutic relationship.
Instant messaging* can provide a safe space for those not wishing to be seen physically, and can help create a 'disinhibition effect', enabling client's to talk about very difficult or painful issues, or making that first step to sharing feelings for the first time.
If you're not sure about online Counselling please feel free to arrange a short initial video session where you can see how it feels and ask any questions.
* Please note: Counselling via instant messaging is not an anonymous service due to information shared for payment requirements, however I fully respect your confidentiality and privacy, and can work with minimal identifying information from you. I would only ever need to break your confidentiality if I was seriously concerned for your safety or that of another person. I would always take any action openly and with your knowledge. Further information and agreement of my safeguarding policy will be discussed during your initial session, or prior to this on request.