Online and telephone counselling
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been essential to offer sessions online and by phone. I continue to be struck by how powerful, effective and convenient these methods can be, and now actively choose to work as an online and telephone counsellor.
In 2020, I completed an 80-hour course in "Online and Telephone Counselling," run by counsellorcpd.com. This helped me to develop the knowledge and skills unique to working remotely.
You may already know whether you would prefer to work online or on the phone. On the other hand, if you would like to talk through the options, then you are welcome to contact me on 07581 325846. I can also email you some further information to help you decide. NB: Although I offer counselling both online and by phone, I only do IFS sessions online.
One client said,
"Susan listens with compassion and kindness at all times. Her counselling has made such a difference to my life... I cannot thank her enough."
"Counselling has been a fantastic help!"
What is Online Counselling like?
Some of the benefits of working online are:
• You can create a comfortable and private space in your own home from which to attend sessions
• You may find it easy to talk, focus and express yourself
• You’ll be able to wear comfortable clothes, bring a cup of tea/coffee and avoid commuting to and from sessions
• We may be able to be more flexible about scheduling
• Unlike phone sessions, online counselling means we’ll be able to see each other
• Research shows that online counselling can be as effective as face-to-face work
• Online, you have the choice of counselling or IFS
• Whereby is easy to access and you won’t have to download any software.
What is Telephone Counselling like?
Some of the benefits of telephone counselling are:
• It is a uniquely portable and flexible way of doing sessions - as long as you can't be overheard, you can be almost anywhere
• You do not feel observed while you're talking (which can be valuable if discussing subjects where you feel embarrassed)
• It may be a more comfortable option if you feel nervous about using computers or the internet.
One challenge of telephone counselling is that the elements of eye-contact and body language are not present. We may use more verbal descriptions to compensate for this.
Outcomes of Counselling
The results of counselling vary for each person, but often include things like:
NB: Please note that, for legal reasons, I work with people who are based in the UK, and not with those who live overseas.
How to get in touch
If you would like to find out more about online or telephone counselling, you are very welcome to contact me on +44(0)7581 325846 or by email to [email protected]
(Phone image courtesy of kconnors via www.morguefile.com)
(Portrait image copyright Hannah Mitchell, 2014)