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 Agreement - Online Therapy 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 and for other professionals in the helping professions. In terms of supervision, 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 charge £70 per session. I'm open to discussing concessions if needed. The first 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. All sessions are 50 minutes.
More information may also be found in the 'Supervision' tab.
Per session I charge £70 for individual and £85 for couples. I'm open to discussing concessions if needed. The first session is to see if you feel comfortable with me. Shop around if not; there is no obligation to continue beyond the first session.
I kindly request for payment to be made by online transfer, and to be with me within 24 hours of the 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.