Meeting via Facetime/Skype can be a convenient way of regularly attending therapy for those who wish to see me but live further away, for those with limited time, for those who travel frequently, or those for whom travel is difficult. I'm increasingly asked whether I can provide counselling and coaching online, hence this page.
This is an option I already offer existing and returning clients, and I now offer this option to new clients too. This comes with the caveats below.
Counselling and coaching carried out online can be just as effective as work carried out 'in person', but I do believe this is not right for everyone. For example, working with certain issues may be more difficult or less effective via screens. Another example, sometimes things like pauses or silences can feel different in person than when experienced via screens; we are often used (at work) to being quite averse to silences in video conferences etc. This leads onto the next point.
Establishing a good relationship is important and there is inevitably a difference between screen-to-screen meetings when compared to face-to-face. It helps to have an overall sense of eachother from having met in person. For that reason I normally always ask that we meet once or twice in person before starting online work together. We can come to an arrangement that works for us both on this.
Having met, we would discuss and agree working in this way and talk about how things will work.
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