Online counselling can be a great option for individuals who may struggle to attend face to face sessions for several reasons including geographical location, mobility difficulties and time. Many clients enjoy the flexibility working online gives in terms of choice of therapist and being able to access from wherever they are.
Can everyone access online sessions?
Unfortunately, there are a small number of clients who won’t be able to access online sessions either because they don't have access to the technology or because they are in crisis and would benefit from more specialist support.
For this reason, anyone looking to access online sessions will need to have a free, telephone consultation where we can make sure it is the right type of therapy for you before we start. This also gives you the opportunity to ask me any questions about counselling and how I work to make sure I am the right person for you.
For more details on the areas I will ask about, please contact me and I will send you further information about what we will talk about in the initial consultation as well as my current availability.
Booking an appointment
Once we have had our initial, free telephone consultation and checked online sessions are suitable you will be able to book your first session, either during the call or afterwards via email or phone.
I will send you some information via email (a copy of my contract and privacy notice) for you to read through, as well as an information sheet to be completed prior to or at the beginning of our first session. Finally I will send you details on how to use Zoom (the platform our sessions will take place over) and a link to our session.
To make sure you have the best experience of online counselling you will need to take a small amount of time to think about where and how to access your sessions.
You will need to have a quiet and confidential space where you are not worried about getting interrupted or overheard. It’s important that you feel comfortable to speak about what you need to in the moment.
You will also want to make sure you are physically comfortable, so it’s a good idea to think about where you will be sitting and where your device will be for the session. You might want to have things like a drink, tissues or something warm to put on nearby.
Online counselling takes place via Zoom, you will need to register for a free account with zoom to access sessions.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes.
Sessions cost £50, all sessions must be payed for in advance by bank transfer.
Online sessions cancelled with less than 24hrs notice will still be charged for.
If there is a difficulty with technology that impacts on the session we will discuss alternative options such as continuing over the phone or rescheduling.