Online therapy has becoming necessary with the spread of COVID-19. This is currently our predominant way of delivering therapy and counselling to our clients so that we can ensure the well-being of staff and clients alike.
The thought of communicating through video conference or using your smart phone might raise some skepticism about whether it can be as productive, so it’s important that you know that this form of therapy is just as effective as the sessions we hold in-person.
Our trained therapists have worked online before the coronavirus pandemic with those clients who are unable to attend in person and are trained to provide equally effective treatments online and over the phone for individuals and couples.
Online therapy can also be a solution for you if you work hours that don’t allow for sessions during normal working hours. They can be arranged at a time that fits around your schedule, comfortably in your own home.
Why online therapy could be an option for you
- It could be more practically and financially feasible for you – you don’t have to travel long distances to see a therapist and it can fit around you and your time – this may especially suit people living in remote areas or with rigid working schedules
- It can be useful if you live overseas and would like to have a counsellor from your country of origin
- You can access it from the comfort of your home.
- It may feel less imposing to ‘meet’ someone online rather than face to face and it can sometimes feel easier to talk about difficult issues this way due to the sense of anonymity it can provide.
- Online counselling can also work for those who don’t quite feel able to meet face to face yet and would like to build the relationship with a counsellor before transition to face to face counselling – such as those with social anxiety.
What to expect
When you arrange your initial appointment with a practitioner of your choice:
- Your therapist will send you a link to the appointment.
- Please click on the link before the appointment to make sure you can access the waiting area.
- The program will ask you to install Zoom, please follow the instructions.
- You can manage audio and video controls during the call.
- At the time of your online counselling session your therapist will admit you to the zoom room.