Online counselling/ psychotherapy is an effective and convenient alternative to seeing a therapist in person. It is particularly suited if time constraints or travel/ mobility are an issue. By putting on your headphones and using your phone or tablet you can receive therapy within the safety and comfort of your own surroundings provided you have a private and uninterrupted space. The safety of your own home can prove beneficial if you feel intimidated at the thought of sitting in front of a therapist
Telephone Counselling offers similars advantages to online counselling. By using a landline or mobile phone you can access therapy from the comfort of your home or office or any place of your choosing even when you have no access to a computer or the internet. The safety of your own home can be beneficial if you feel intimidated by face to face therapy. The lack of visual during phone counselling can increase the sense of safety even further. A recent study has found that nearly 60% of clients who experienced both face to face and telephone therapy preferred phone counselling.
Telephone Counselling is a specialist area of therapy. I have completed an intensive training course, which complies with the BACP telephone counselling guidelines. The course was delivered entirely over a teleconference system to help mirror the experience of working with clients remotely. I have also trained with and worked for a helpline where I supported people in crisis.
Whilst being a convenient option, online and telephone counselling are not a poorer alternative to face to face therapy. Research has shown that it can be just as effective as seeing a therapist in person. Therefore the work we do together will be just as empowering.