ABOUT COUNSELLING ONLINE
Counselling and psychotherapy offer an opportunity to express difficult feelings and to explore life events, relationships or dilemmas in a non-judgemental context, at a distance from family and friends.
Online psychotherapy is not a substitute for face-to-face sessions but there are advantages to this forum, especially if you are used to communicating online and use computers for other aspects of your daily life. If you are new to any form of counselling, online therapy may offer a more comfortable first step before moving on to face-to-face work.
Some advantages of online psychotherapy:
You are not tied to a specific geographical location
There is no need to factor in transport or parking to get to an appointment
Physical disabilities and mobility problems do not get in the way of access to counselling
You may feel less self-conscious or anxious in a virtual world
Comfort with text-based communications and computer technology
You can keep a permanent record of your exchanges
Text-based therapy can either take place by instant messaging on a secure site such as Skype or by email on a secure server. Some people prefer instant messaging as appointments can be made and diarised, the experience feels ‘live’ and more like a conversation, while others prefer email for the chance to be more reflective about the exchanges, to edit their responses and to have more flexibility around time to compose a communication.
Online counselling and psychotherapy are not for everyone and would not be indicated if you experience any of the following:
Unfamiliarity with use of computer technology
Dislike or difficulty using written forms of communication
Acute or severe and enduring mental illness