Many people find online counselling useful as another way to express themselves. Online counselling/psychotherapy is not a substitute for face-to-face therapy, simply different. One difference is that it can be less daunting - and more convenient.
Completing a Certificate in Cyber Therapy at the Online Therapy Institute supported me to understand the nuances of offering therapy and supervision online. I'm mindful of the additional ethical considerations, for example relating to confidentiality and encryption.
I am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), as well as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I list below some of my specialisms - and it may be useful to know that evidence consistently points to the 'click' between client and therapist as being more important in meeting aims than finding a therapist that has worked with a particular issue with someone else before.
I am committed to working ethically; I subscribe to the below ethical frameworks:
Here is a copy of the Online Working Agreement that I ask clients to agree to at the start of our sessions. It is information about how I work, for example my policy on upholding confidentiality, data protection and professional ethics, as well as some specifics about online counselling. I tend to discuss this with clients in a first session, but welcome questions at any point.
I offer online supervision for counsellors/psychotherapists. I work with both trainee counsellors and experienced practitioners coming from different modalities.
I work in a person-centred way; I'm interested in developing a collegial (equal) relationship with you, where we are each an expert. I'm aiming to create a respectful environment where you could talk freely about and learn from your difficulties and triumphs. This way of working is informed by my training, and my own experience in supervision of not being judged but rather helped by my supervisor to examine experiences for the continual - and optimal - improvement of my practice.
Supervision fees: I offer an initial session for a reduced fee of £40. This session is to see if you feel comfortable with me, as well as to talk about what you might want from supervision if you know, and to ask any questions. Thereafter I charge the below scale of fees; what you pay within these scales depends on your individual circumstances. All sessions are 50 minutes.
More information may also be found in the 'Supervision' tab.
The first session is at the slightly reduced fee of £40, for you to see if you feel comfortable with me. 'Shop around' if not; there is no obligation to continue beyond the first session.
If we decide to continue working together, fees per session are as below. I offer a scale of fees, for example £50-65, to suit your individual circumstances.
I kindly request for payment to be made by online transfer or PayPal, and to be with me 24 hours prior to our session.
If you are in severe and immediate distress, it is widely considered - and I agree - that online counselling is not suitable. I would suggest finding someone you can speak to face-to-face, and in case of emergency contact your GP or your local A&E.
Finally, here is a short article I wrote - for both clients and therapists - about online counselling. You may find it useful:http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor-articles/online-counselling-dont-be-silly.