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Is online counselling right for you?

How would you feel having counselling in your own home? I love the idea of being wrapped up in a throw with a hot cup of coffee for my session! And not having to get myself to the counsellor’s therapy room is an added bonus.

Online counselling is growing in popularity in the UK, especially since the pandemic hit, so it’s becoming more accessible for people to use.

But how do you know if it’s right for you?

Are you comfortable using your computer/laptop/phone/tablet?

Some people take to technology like a fish to water, which is great but we’re not all like that. If you feel like you’ll struggle then I have guides on how to use video chat software that I share with my clients and I’m more than happy to talk you through installing it and showing you around.

Are you open to working online?

Do you feel confident that online therapy works? Research shows that it has as much success as face-to-face does. I’ll be writing a blog specifically about this soon so join my mailing list if you want to know when it’s published.

Do you feel you can express your feelings using written words?

I offer instant messaging chat as a type of counselling, as some people prefer to write instead of talk. It gives them time to think about what they want to say, how they want to say it and they find it easier to express themselves. Do you feel like you would be worried about your spelling, or if you can’t get across how you’re feeling? If so then maybe think about video, phone or face-to-face counselling instead.

Are you able to talk without being overheard or interrupted?

Do you feel confident that you can talk in your session without others hearing you?

Do you feel confident that you can talk in your session without others hearing you?

These are all important questions to ask yourself, and if the answer is no then maybe face-to-face or text based counselling is a better option for you.

There are some great benefits to online counselling but there are also considerations that are worth bearing in mind when you're deciding which type of therapy best suits your needs.

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