Online counselling is often more effective than face to face therapy. It also enables you to receive counselling wherever you might be and from the comfort of your own home, using your preferred format: video, audio, live chat, or email.
Online counselling gives you the opportunity to speak to a therapist without having to meet them face to face.
Also known as internet counselling, e-counselling, this kind of counselling is a good solution for people who need counselling but cannot get to a therapist’s office or those who prefer to keep in contact at a distance from wherever they are.
Online counselling can provide a valuable service to you if you require therapeutic help but have shied away from it before due to either emotional or practical reasons.
Why do people use online counselling?
Many of my clients make use of online counselling due to issues such as:
- Lack of time – they are unable to schedule an office-based appointment or travel to see a counsellor or therapist
- Physical hurdles – these may prevent them from travelling easily
- Shyness or embarrassment – they prefer to keep their counselling session online and remote because it feels more confidential
- Agrophobia or social anxiety – numerous phobias and mental health issues may prevent clients from travelling or spending time in new environments
How online counselling works?
Nowadays it is very simple to communicate online with your therapist. You can use a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone wherever you are and your counsellor will speak to you via an easy-to-use, secure service, like Skype.
Your session will still be arranged in advance at a time to suit you and you can decide whether you'd like your therapist to see you via a video call or just talk instead.
Numerous studies and NHS research has found online counselling and remote therapy to be just as effective as visiting a counsellor or therapist face to face. Some clients who have the time for face to face therapy even prefer online counselling because they find it gives them more flexibility and comfort.
There are all kinds of reasons why people choose online counselling, but many find the experience is more discreet and confidential. They feel that being able to experience counselling from the comfort of their own home or office is less embarrassing and allows them to discuss personal issues more openly without feelings of guilt or shame.
Instead, they can use a mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer and talk in a room where they know they will not be overheard.