There Are Times We All Need A Helping Hand
Human beings don’t flourish alone. We function best and achieve most as part of a supportive community. But the comfortable structures and nourishing relationships we envision for our lives often don’t materialise as planned. There are times when we look around us and realise we are isolated, overwhelmed… and cut off from the support we need.
There can be any number of reasons for this, from hectic work schedules and unpredictable shift patterns, to mobility issues, or living in a location far from friends and family. And of course COVID-19 has left huge numbers of people feeling lonely and disconnected.
The combination of stress and isolation can be toxic. Emotions that might be contained in a more supportive environment can begin to spill over. It’s easy to find ourselves becoming strained and edgy. Depression and anxiety may loom large, and relationships can begin to fracture.
Online Video Counselling: The Solution When You Can’t Attend Therapy In Person
The good news is that with the help of a compassionate, experienced therapist you can find your way through all this. And you don’t have to miss out on therapy just because you’re unable to see someone face-to-face. With online video counselling you can get the support you need, whatever your situation.
Video counselling has other advantages, too. You can be in control of your own environment. You can have your own things around you to help you feel calm. And there’s no long or stressful journey to and from a therapist’s office.
What To Expect From Online Counselling
Online therapy is similar in many ways to in-person therapy. It’s still a space where you can express yourself at your own pace and without fear of judgment. We’ll still work together to help you achieve the changes you want to see in your life.
There are differences, too, of course. One is that you will need to prepare your own safe, quiet space for your session. This may mean making sure you won’t be disturbed by pets or family members. You might want to get yourself a glass of water or a hot drink, and check you have tissues to hand. Using a device with a larger screen, where possible, will help things feel more natural and comfortable.
It can also be really helpful to think about creating a clear break between your session and other activities. Try to free yourself up a little in advance of each session, so you have time to gather your thoughts. Afterwards you might get up and take a walk, or make a cup of tea, before you return to other screens and people and conversations.
Today’s modern video platforms are easy to use. I send you a web-link by email. You just click on the link to access your private online waiting room, and I meet you there at our appointment time.
Using video to talk about very personal issues can feel a little strange to begin with. However, most people find themselves adapting to it surprisingly quickly and comfortably.