Maybe You Still Have Some Questions About Online Therapy…
“Is Online Counselling Really Effective?”
We all know that video calls lack the same sense of someone’s ‘presence’ compared to being physically in the room with them. Many people therefore worry that online therapy will be somehow ‘less than’ in-person therapy.
However, studies consistently show that conducting therapy online doesn’t seem to impact its effectiveness. Online therapy has been extensively researched and validated as being equally as effective as in-person sessions. We may both miss the human element of being in a room together, but online therapy can still help you find the right path forwards in your life.
“Is Online Video Secure?”
I take security and confidentiality very seriously. I like Zoom for video calls, because there is no ‘electronic trail’ of our sessions within the app. This means there’s no sensitive data that could be lost or hacked. And I always use the maximum security settings during calls, so our conversation can never be interrupted by anyone else.
“What If I Don’t Have A Private Space To Talk From?”
Many people struggle to get enough privacy when they’re confined at home with others. And for psychotherapy and counselling, having a safe and private space from which to speak is absolutely vital.
There are several things which can help with this. You might wear headphones or ear-buds, to make sure you’re the only one who can hear what I’m saying. You could also ask those you live with to turn on some entertainment in another room, to avoid your own words being overheard.
And, don’t forget to consider ‘alternative’ private spaces. I have worked with people speaking from a garden shed, a car, or an attic. As long as you can still get a phone or Wi-Fi signal, then we can have our session.
“I’m Just Not Comfortable With Technology!”
Technology can feel really uncomfortable if you don’t use it often. But you don’t have to be a techno-wizard to do online therapy.
If you would like to try video sessions but are nervous of how it all works, I will lead you each step of the way. I’m happy to arrange a ‘test drive’, for you to get used to the technology and make sure it’s all working OK before our initial session.
“Will My Therapy Stay Online If It Starts Online?”
If you are starting therapy with me by video, you don’t have to stay online forever. I am currently not based in my clinic in Hay-on-Wye due to Welsh Covid restrictions. However, I do intend to return there once government guidelines allow. At that point you will be welcome to come for in-person sessions, if you wish. Of course your location, your health, your time, or just your personal preference may make it more convenient to continue to meet online. The choice will be in your hands.