I first started counselling remotely in 2020, due to the pandemic. Remote working is now a welcome part of my practice, giving me flexibility and availability. Evidence suggests clients find remote therapy convenient and effective. Although restrictions have now lifted, many people still feel safer working by telephone or online, or prefer to access counselling remotley for a variety of other reasons.
Remote counselling can be done over the phone or online, through an encrypted video conferencing platform. This means that counselling can be accessible to you from wherever you feel most comfortable. Those who are unable to see a counsellor in person, perhaps due to caring responsibilities, health or mobility issues, are still able to access a professional counsellor.
Some clients have said that they feel more comfortable discussing difficult issues over the phone and many have said how much they appreciate being able to access counselling from the comfort and sanctuary of their own space. They often find they can fit their counselling sessions into their busy lives more easily without the time and expense of travelling. It also means that clients don't need to live local to a particular counsellor in order to work with them.
I have previously volunteered for the Samaritans, so working over the phone was not new to me. I have completed two accredited courses in online and telephone counselling so that I am able to deliver this service ethically and in line with BACP guidance and good practice.
If you feel that remote counselling may be the right option for your circumstances, you can contact me to arrange a free consultation.