The benefits and convenience of online counselling
Tue 23rd Mar 2021
In this strange past year all of us have had to learn to do much more online – Zoom meetings, ordering the weekly shop from the supermarket, requesting all manner of goods to get them delivered to our lockdowned homes. It is the same for therapists - we’ve had to adapt our lives and that means working online too.
When people imagine seeing a counsellor, they most likely envisage sitting down face-to-face and talking about their problems in the privacy and comfort of the counselling room.
In the past year I have been practicing online and telephone counselling far more than I’ve ever done in the past. Whilst I would prefer to see my clients in person, I have learnt that online counselling can be just as effective as being in the same room together.
There are also quite a few practical advantages for the clients. You don’t have to travel to get to the session and can instead do it from the comfort of your own home. In some cases I even talk to clients while they are out walking, or sitting in their car, if they don’t have a private space at home. Often it is not convenient for people to travel to see their therapist so talking online is a very welcome alternative.
Some people might in any case feel a little intimidated going to see a counsellor in person and find it easier talking online or on the phone. I don’t just talk to clients local to me, but to people from all over the country and sometimes even abroad.
Some people simply feel more relaxed talking online on their computers or phones. Even though you are not in the same room there can still be a very personal and close connection between the counsellor and the client.
When the pandemic hit, many of my clients feared they would be unable to continue with their much-needed consultations, so when I was able to explain that I would still be able to “see them” and give them the necessary support by doing it online it was a great relief.
So, if you feel the need to see a counsellor for whatever the reason – you may be feeling anxious, low, bereaved, struggling with a relationship or simply finding it hard to cope in the new Coronavirus world - please don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are counsellors like myself out here waiting to talk to you.