Online or E-Therapy Services
Why online therapy?
- There are many advantages to online therapy as opposed to face-to-face sessions:
- Research suggests that therapy via Skype (or something similar) is just as effective as face-to-face therapy and the relationship between client and therapist is unaffected
You are not limited to who is near you – you can see whoever you wish to without any geographical restrictions
- It will save you time and money as you won’t have to travel
- You can see your therapist in familiar surroundings as long as you have a quiet space and a good internet connection – being in your own home may also feel more relaxed and safe as you are ultimately in control
- The same rules of confidentiality apply – so you can be assured everything will remain in the strictest of confidence (within limitations).
- This form of therapy may be open to groups of people who cannot leave their home for whatever reason – such as physical disabilities, some types of anxiety, agoraphobia, who live in remote areas or who don’t have childcare
- You can continue your therapy sessions even whilst away from home
- This may be more suitable for those who work shifts or irregular hours and may find lots of travelling difficult
What will a session be like?
An online therapy session will take the same form as a face-to-face appointment. You will first have an initial assessment lasting around an hour and a half. During this assessment our highly experienced Psychologist or Psychotherapist will aim to put you at ease by talking through any concerns that you may have, including about the experience of online therapy.
If you choose to continue with the therapeutic process, you will then have consultations lasting around 50 minutes.
What can we help with?
Our practitioners are fully qualified and highly experienced, meaning they will be able to determine whether online therapy is suitable for your personal needs. In most cases, online therapy will be suitable for the treatment of a variety of psychological difficulties.
There are a few challenges which should be noted before beginning therapy via Skype:
- Confidentiality – you will need to ensure that you are in a setting where confidentiality can be maintained. You will also want to be able to speak freely and be open
- Technology – technology can fail. You will need to discuss with your practitioner what you would like to do if you can’t make contact via Skype or if the connection fails
- Therapy via Skype may not be appropriate for anyone who is experiencing crisis, very severe mental health difficulties or clients with suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviours