Online Counselling, ZOOM Therapy, Skype Psychotherapy
Counselling Online, Online Therapy For variety of reasons (e.g. location, no travel time or costs, virus, implications) some people prefer online therapy to the orthodoxy of in-person therapy in the consulting room. Counselling online (ZOOM psychotherapy, Skype therapy) in the familiarity of our own home, the office, outdoors, if in a private space, can be more convenient to us. Alongside Skype counselling, ZOOM counselling, other online counselling services may be available.
Benefits Of Online Counselling
- Choosing our own place for therapy can shift our thinking, any stuckness, facilitate psychological processing
- Offers us a different approach towards self-discovery
- Less intimidating for some of us compared to in-person therapy in the consulting room
- Can facilitate collaborative working
- Can give us the experience of more equality in the therapeutic relationship, feel less confrontational, be more supportive
- Can help us feel calm, engaged and supported
- Can release us from any pressure to make direct eye contact, enabling us to free associate and process our emotions more effectively
- We can feel more comfortable in our own chosen environment and this can stimulate, facilitate our intuition, being present in the moment
- Can enable silences to be more comfortable
- Can encourage deeper, reflective ways of thinking
- Can improve our strategic thinking, creative thought processes
- Can enable us to be more emotionally, expressive
- Can benefit us if we tend to become hyper aroused, claustrophobic
- Can enable us to be more expressive with our body language
- Can enhance creativity and freedom to express ourselves differently than in the constraints of the consulting room
- Can help us have an overall sense of well being
Online Counselling As A Containing, Secure Base Similar to in-person therapy in the consulting room, one aim of online therapy is to provide a secure base and containment
Please be aware the online therapy, via ZOOM or Skype, is not appropriate for people in emergencies or at risk to themselves or others
If you need urgent help
Please contact emergency services on 999, visit your nearest Accident & Emergency department, or call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk. For a range of information on how to access mental health services for free on the NHS click here. You can also contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment.
If in crisis or need to talk to someone
You can speak to Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org (they are a 24 hour service) You can also contact TogetherAll who foster positive mental health, offering a safe, stigma free environment where people can work through what they are experiencing, using a combination of community and clinical support.
If feeling suicidal
Alongside speaking to Samaritans on 116 123 or visiting www.samaritans.org, you can contact Maytree respite centre at www.maytree.org.uk - 020 7263 7070. For suicide prevention there is an app, which provides a pocket suicide prevention resource with full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis - Staying Alive.