What is online counselling/e-therapy?
Online counselling gives you the opportunity to access counselling support at a time and in a place which is convenient to you without needing to travel to a specific location.
It is time set aside in a private space to explore what is happening in your life. This might include talking about life events (past, present, future), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.
It can be a chance to look at coping strategies, relaxation techniques or general tools to help you feel more in control of yourself and your life. Coming to counselling can feel difficult and sometimes people say they don’t feel good for a period of time after a session; but therapy can be helpful when feeling painful emotions, facing difficult decisions, in order to improve or change relationships, or to help in developing a better understanding of yourself and/or others.
At its’ core, the aim of counselling is to help you improve your mental and emotional health.
Is it safe to meet online?
Nobody can offer a guaranteed 100% security on any online platform but the online platforms that we use have many safety protocols integrated into its’ platform to try and ensure internet safety. These are the protocols we have in place:
- All meeting rooms online are password protected, this password is only shared with the client and never on any social media platforms.
- We operate an online waiting room so we are in control of who can enter a Zoom room. Unless we authorise entrance, the room remains closed off.
- Once online with your counsellor, they will ‘lock’ the Zoom room which is effectively like putting a bolt on a door, so nobody is able to hack into the session.
We have been using Zoom and VSee for a while in 1:1 and group work without any problems or intrusions.