Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve, problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body). Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing. Through therapy, you can change self-destructive behaviors and habits, resolve painful feelings, improve your relationships, and more.
In online counselling, the meeting between the client and the therapist happens via the internet, usually through a Skype conference call, or chat service if you prefer.
How effective is online counselling and therapy?
This is a relatively new way of delivering psychological help, yet there is much research to investigate the efficacy of video-based therapy. Findings have demonstrated that video methods can produce significant improvements in mental health and well-being. Studies have also shown that online treatment is equal in efficacy compared to face-to-face therapy and that satisfaction among clients has been rated as high.
Online counselling can be useful for a wide range of issues such as:
Mild or moderate depression
Relationship problems or
anything else that you feel is an obstacle to your inner peace and fulfillment.
There are many ways in which online counselling is similar to face-to-face work. Online counselling still allows for important factors for effective practice, such as real-time communication, verbal cues, eye contact, therapeutic alliance and observing some body language.
Online counselling and therapy can benefit
- People who live in remote places and have no access to counselors / psychotherapists.
- People with disabilities such as hearing impairment or limited mobility
- People who have small children and cannot leave the house.
- Parents; child care can be made easier by eliminating travel time
Online counselling is NOT recommended for people with suicidal thoughts or serious mental health problems.
I conduct online counseling in three ways:
a) Via e-mail. Some people feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts in writing than talking directly to someone. Also, writing may give some people the opportunity to take longer time to reflect on a certain thought or question and express more freely.
b) Through Skype Video conference. Skype enables audiovisual contact between the therapist and client. It is probably the most effective mode of online counselling since it allows for important factors for effective practice, such assuch as real-time communication verbal cues, eye contact, therapeutic alliance and observing some body language.
c) Through Skype Chat . Chat is different from Email as it happens in real time and it’s a form of discussion. However , it is also different from video conference because it takes longer to read, think and
How can I start?
At this point, please explain briefly what is the issue that you ‘ d like to talk about. If it is something that we can work on, I will suggest a time and date when we can have our first appointment.
Please note that online sessions should be prepaid.