✅ Is online suitable for you?
Online, webcam or telephone counselling and therapy cannot replace the therapeutic setting a face to face meeting offers. Personally, where ever possible, I would encourage you to opt for that. But there may be many reasons why that is not always possible, like the current coronavirus crisis, illness, if you work abroad etc
Online support is also not suitable for all difficulties you may seek help with. I do not provide this service in cases of self harm, suicide risk, sever depression, anxiety or anger.
✅ Is online intrusive?
Some people take a little while to get used to counselling online, others don’t. There is no right or wrong about it. Circumstances are individual. I always encourage clients to discuss their concerns with me. Doing counselling online in your own home requires a bit of planning, especially if you live with others. Pick a room where you will not be disturbed, get into “the zone” mentally and emotionally before the call. And ensure you spend a little while to disengage from the session once it has ended.
Because you will be doing this in your private space, it is important to perform a little practice of your choosing to ensure that you mentally close the session and empty the room of the feelings that may have arisen during the session. You can do this by opening the window, performing a little gentle exercise, deep breathing and releasing the emotions and atmosphere out of the window, washing your face, changing into different clothes. Choose whatever works best for you.
✅ How does it work technically?
All you need for our online meetings is a computer, laptop or device with a webcam. Once you have booked a session here I will email you the details of your booking with a secure link to access your session. I use Zoom, a reliable, secure and good quality software.
We will be able to see each other. Remember to try and disconnect all your other devices from your Wifi network during the meeting, as this can sometimes affect the quality of your connection.
At the time of your appointment just click the link. If you have never used Zoom before, you may be asked to install the App. Follow the easy on-screen instructions and select ‘Run’ to install.
✅ Your online safety and privacy matters
I use Zoom because:
- it’s available to users with lower bandwidths
- you don’t need to download software or set up an account
- it meets a very high standard of confidentiality and data security
Zoom will not collect your personal information and sessions are not recorded. Video calls take place using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to ensure they remain confidential. When you make a booking you will be asked for an email address, if you want to keep these details private please use an email address that only you have access to.
If you want to delete all traces of Zoom you’ll need to:
- uninstall Zoom
- delete your internet history for the day you had counselling
- delete any cookies Zoom has left on your device. You can get more information about deleting cookies on the UK Information Commissioner’s Office website
✅ My Code of Conduct
I will not record our meetings, and ask you not to do so without my written permission.
Sessions will be stopped (at full cost) if you are under the influence of alcohol or other recreational drugs.
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