I also offer counselling via Skype at a cost of £35 per 60-minute session. Skype is a free computer program that allows people to talk face-to-face, in real time, via their computer screens. It takes minutes to download from Skype.com
Research shows that results for clients who have Skype counselling can be as good as therapy in person.
Advantages of Skype counselling
- Study after study shows that it’s the quality of the relationship between client and counsellor that is the most important factor in client improvement. Without the restrictions of geographical location, you can pick a counsellor who truly suits your needs.
- Skype counselling saves you time and money, as you don’t have to factor in the duration and cost of travelling to and from sessions.
- You see your counsellor in familiar surroundings, rather than in their office. You can have your session from any location, including your place of work if that suits you.
- Online counselling opens up this form of help to groups of people who find it difficult if not impossible to travel to a face-to-face meeting, such as those who have restricted mobility, are housebound for any reason, live in remote areas, or do not have childcare.
- If you are away from home, you can still have your counselling session as long as you have the technology set up.
- Clients who have had counselling via Skype say that seeing the counsellor from their own home makes them feel more relaxed, safe and in control of the process, allowing them to open up to the counsellor more readily. It can feel less intimidating than being directly face-to-face with the counsellor, and easier to discuss embarrassing problems.
- Seeing a therapist from outside your area means you won’t bump into them when you’re out shopping.
- Shift workers and those whose jobs involve irregular hours or a lot of travelling can find it difficult to get a regular face-to-face counselling slot. Skype meetings can be more flexible.
Online counselling: factors to consider
- For Skype counselling, you need a high-speed broadband connection, plus a web cam and microphone on your computer. These can be purchased fairly inexpensively if your machine doesn’t have them. In the initial online meeting, we will check that you have a sufficiently good internet connection for counselling.
- You have to ensure you can be online at the appointed time, in a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted or overheard.
- Bear in mind there is always going to be a risk of the technology failing. We will agree what to do in the event of a technical glitch.
- While not occupying the same physical space as their counsellor will be part of the appeal for some people, others might find it disconcerting.
- I offer an initial FREE 15 minute online meeting for you to gauge how you feel during a virtual therapy session.