What is Accessible Online Counselling?
I specialise in providing online counselling support to you through a secure live webcam, exploring any emotional, behavioural, and psychological issues with you.
I am aware that due to logistical difficulties you may not be able to attend traditional ‘face to face’ counselling sessions – similarly, due to my disability, I wanted to offer online counselling sessions.
In addition, you may feel that being able to access online counselling from your own personal space such as the comfort of your home, your office or wherever you choose will help you address your concerns and help you to deal with any emotional, behavioural or other difficulties that you are experiencing.
Accessible Online Counselling is a chance to communicate your perspective and feelings to someone who is supportive, understanding and non judgmental of you whilst you assess your behaviour and reactions in relation to yourself and others. It can be an opportunity to analyse what is going on for you in your life without judgement and to assist you to examine issues, both current and in the past, and potentially make changes that reflect what is important to you going forward.
Accessible Online Counselling will allow you to access the benefits of conventional counselling in a familiar or comforting environment though technology that is also secure, confidential and effective. This is even more relevant at this time.
However, it should be noted that online counselling can differ slightly from face-to-face work as occasional misunderstandings can arise due to a lack of non-verbal cues, such as body language.
Therefore it is essential that both parties feel comfortable to ask for clarity should they be unsure of something said or referred to in a session that may result in damage to the counselling relationship.
Online counselling is not suitable in some situations due to the fact the counsellor is not physically near to the client. A good example of this would be where the client is at risk of harming either themselves or someone close to them. Where I determine that online counselling would not be suitable I will be able to offer you helpful information as to other means of support you can access, possibly including counselling support of a more traditional nature.
I am not able to provide individual online counselling to any person under the age of 18 or someone who I deem is in immediate crisis. If you or I believe this applies to you then I can assist by providing details of crisis support or services directed to help under those under 18. I cannot provide online counselling into the US or Canada.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the leading professional association for counsellors and adhere to their ethical standards as set out in their ethical framework which can be found at BACP Ethical Framework . Please see my BACP Therapist Online entry.
I am a professional member of the Association of Counsellors and Therapists Online (ACTO), the leading professional association for counsellors working online and adhere to their ethical standards as set out in their ethical framework which can be found at ACTO Ethical Framework . Please see my ACTO Online Therapist entry.