Hi, how are you feeling right now? How are things at home?
If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or if your relationships are beginning to feel the strain, maybe talking to someone might help?
All the change and upheaval we are facing in these unsettling times is taking away much of what we took for granted. And, as life becomes more unpredictable, you might be feeling quite insecure and vulnerable, even unsafe.
That’s where online counselling can help. While social distancing might prevent us from meeting in person, the wonders of modern technology mean we can still connect in a meaningful way. Several studies have shown that online counselling is highly effective, making it ideal during this COVID-19 crisis.
Six proven benefits of online therapy
Online therapy is far more accessible than traditional face-to-face counselling ever could be. It can be a lifeline for those struggling with illness, injury or who are differently-abled. It’s also a great fallback for when unforeseen circumstances — like the COVID-19 lockdown — arise.
You can participate in online therapy from almost anywhere, an essential factor during a lockdown! All you need is a confidential space and access to the internet. While many clients can find a quiet room in the house, others have been more creative, engaging in online therapy from the comfort of their cars and similar spaces.
It might be possible to use a combination of in-person and online sessions according to your changing circumstances (and the COVID-19 threat level).
While there is much more awareness around mental health, some people still feel embarrassed to seek help. Online therapy can eliminate the fear of being seen going into a counsellor’s office or of people knowing you are attending counselling.
4. There is no commute
You can save a lot of time and money if you don’t have to commute to see your counsellor. Also, you don’t need to stress about train times, traffic or parking, leaving you more relaxed and able to participate in therapy.
5. It’s more anonymous
While many people prefer to see a counsellor close to home, online therapy means you don’t have to. You can choose to work with someone from a totally different area; someone you will never meet.
6. It’s non-geographic
It doesn’t matter where in the world you are. If you have an internet connection and a smartphone, you can have online counselling. We have had clients undertake therapy while sailing the 7-seas, and offered a couple’s therapy to people in different physical locations. Only online therapy can give such flexibility. Online-therapy is, therefore, an ideal option for ex-pats living abroad and wanting to work with a therapist who speaks their native tongue.
Some common questions
What equipment do I need?
All you need is a quiet, private space where you’re unlikely to be disturbed, an internet connection and a suitable device. We use Zoom for most online work. It’s free, and you don’t need to set up an account. Zoom works on most modern devices. If you’re unsure how to use it, we can guide you through it.
Is it safe and secure?
We make every effort to ensure that the technology we use is safe and secure. All calls are encrypted, and no one can join the call without an invitation. Even then, we actively have to let them in.
Where can I find out more?
Our online services page gives a lot more information about online counselling and supervision and the services we offer.