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Types of counselling

What is remote counselling?

Remote or online counselling is a way for you to engage in counselling using Internet technology such as Skype, WhatsApp, Google Meet or email. You choose the method of communication you feel most comfortable with – from the software you use to whether you want to use video or audio, try out email, or even use instant messaging. 

I make every effort to provide a safe and secure environment for your online therapy with encryption software to protect your confidentiality and privacy.

All sessions are assumed to be 50 minutes unless you have requested 90-minute sessions. Below I have outlined the different types of remote counselling.

Telephone/audio counselling

For audio-only counselling, we could either use the telephone or an appropriate app such as Skype or WhatsApp. Whatever software you choose, I would call you at a pre-agreed time and day.

  • This may be for you if you find it easier to communicate by removing the face-to-face element, but you want to hear my voice and be able to speak with me.

Video counselling

For video counselling, we would use an appropriate app of your choice, and I would then call you at a pre-agreed time and day.

  • This type of counselling may be for you if you want to see me face-to-face, but from the convenience of your computer, tablet or Smartphone.

Instant messaging

For instant messaging, we would connect and start messaging at a pre-agreed time and day. As with more traditional sessions, our time would be 50 minutes. Once the session is over, you may want to consider deleting the text of our chat for your privacy.

  • This may be for you if you find it easier to communicate in writing or by removing the face-to-face element but would like instant reactions and replies from your therapist.

Email counselling

With email counselling, you can write your email whenever and wherever suits you best. I would suggest setting aside the same time and day each week, to give yourself the same structure as a ‘real time’ session. However, you know yourself best, and you may prefer to edit a draft email throughout the week as you find new thoughts or feelings you wish to share. We would agree on which day I would respond to you, and I would spend 50 minutes replying to your email on that day (unless you have opted for 90-minute sessions).

Counselling using email gives you a chance to consider what you wish to say before you send your message. It also provides time between exchanges to reflect on the information you have received.

  • It might be suitable for you if you like time to consider what you say or if you like some time between replies.
  • It is not for you if you feel you need immediate replies.

If you have any questions or would like to book the first session, please complete the web form on this page.

For all types of counselling, we would usually work together weekly, during term time.

I do not usually work during school holidays, though I can sometimes offer email sessions.

Term time can vary between counties and countries, so I would clarify with you in advance any dates I am not available.

If you have additional dates you cannot do, I would ask you to let me know as you can.