Online Counselling with Covid-19 Quarantine
Online counselling may sound like a relatively new, modern concept, but patients have been communicating with their therapists via phone, electronic messaging, and video for decades. Now that we are all walking around with electronic technology at our fingertips, modalities like online counselling have become even more popular — and with good reason.
In this busy, stressful world, it can be tough to feel like you have the time or ability to address your mental health. Yet it’s so vital to do so. For many of us, online counselling — which offers flexibility, anonymity, and key financial advantages — is the missing piece when it comes to finally getting the help you are seeking.
How In Online Counselling Different From Traditional Therapy?
Almost all of us have heard of traditional therapy: You visit your therapist in their office, sit in a chair facing them, and complete a session of therapy in your allotted time. Millions of people have benefited from this set-up, and there is something wonderful and soothing about the ritual of sitting in a room face-to-face with a caring therapist.
What Is A Typical Online Counselling “Session” Like?
Most online counselling services will also allow you the opportunity to “meet” your therapist face-to-face via on online video session. Video sessions can be your main way of communicating with your therapist, or you can combine this with electronic messaging.
You decide how frequently to message your therapist and whether you want to engage in live video sessions regularly, or at all. Either way, your “sessions” — though they may seem different in some ways than traditional therapy — will combine all the same techniques that a traditional therapist employs. You will be listened to with non-judgmental warmth, given strategies and techniques that address your unique mental health struggles, and cared for by a trained expert in the field.
What Does The Research Say About Online Counselling?
Numerous studies — including two 2013 studies published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Networking — found online counselling to be as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy.
In certain instances, online therapy may be more effective. In the study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, for example, participants found their online therapists to be more “personal” than those who visited in-person therapists. Study participants were also more likely to continue to engage with and address what they worked on in therapy, periodically reviewing their written correspondence with their online counsellor.
“Our study is evidence that psychotherapeutic services on the internet are an effective supplement to therapeutic care,” said Professor Andreas Maercker, a study researcher. “In the medium term, online psychotherapy even yields better results.”
Who Should Try Online Counselling?
Online Counselling is an excellent option for anyone who wants helps dealing with mental health challenges — whether it’s anxiety or depression, relationship or job concerns, life transitions, or grief, loss, PTSD, or trauma. There is a perfect online counsellor for every person and every situation.
In particular, people who don’t have access to therapists for any reason benefit greatly from online counselling. Maybe you live in a rural area with few available therapists. Perhaps you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to meet in-person with a therapist. Many busy working people or full-time parents simply don’t have the time to fit a therapy appointment into their lives, and appreciate the fact that, with online counselling, messages can be sent e anywhere, anytime.
Some people who have never tried therapy before, often because they are afraid to share intimate details about their lives with a virtual stranger, find the protective distance of online therapy a consolation. Many people try therapy for the first time via online counselling!
And let’s not forget about the economic advantages to online counselling. These days, with so many insurance companies denying coverage for therapists, many of us are looking for less expensive options for therapy. Online counselling fills that need, in many cases offering monthly plans that are less than half the cost of in-person therapy.
My tailored approach
As a MBACP accredited Gestalt Practitioner with over 20 years of experience, I developed a comprehensive and holistic therapy approach.
I work with and explore every aspect of someone's individuality, from how they think and articulate themselves in their personhood, to the ways in which emotional wounding and trauma can manifest and express itself in the physical body.
Whether the therapeutic journey is explicitly body-oriented, spiritual, experimental or practical – or a combination of all of these approaches, I work differently with each one of my clients as each person is a unique individual. In every case, I completely respect and honour a person's values and beliefs. From my perspective, therapy is about two people engaging each other with their personal experiences and beliefs, their gender, sexuality, age and cultural backgrounds to grow and move together towards peace, aliveness, healing and happiness.
Topics and issues I can help you with
Bereavement (loss of dear ones)
What is Gestalt Counselling?
The German word ‘gestalt’ means ‘pattern,’ ‘form’ or ‘constellation' and is loosely translated in English as 'the whole picture'. Gestalt psychotherapy is therefore a way of exploring the psyche in a way that sees a person’s feelings, body and mind as a whole – it's a holistic approach.
In gestalt counselling the therapist and the client look at both a person's ‘verbal dialogue’ (they talk about what they are thinking and feeling) and their ‘energy dialogue’ (what they experience in their body and how their body responses unconsciously), making a connection – a gestalt, between a person's mind, emotions and body. With the Gestalt process, people learn to become more aware of how their negative thought patterns and behaviours are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.
This process requires a lot of thinking, feeling and guidance from a counsellor and is proven to help in several's aspects of one's life.
What we'll do
Working together, we will explore the following:
The essential patterns of your existence
The main themes of your life
We will explore the above patterns and themes as origins in your childhood and adulthood, their expression and influence in your current life and ways in which, if needed, they can be modified.
As a Gestalt practitioner, I will aim to continuously promote your awareness by working with body movements, vocal patterns and styles, one-to-one interactions, and where appropriate, through the use of experimentation in a safe, professional and supportive environment. In addition to the development of awareness, I will also take a strong focus on helping you improve your ability to emotionally self-support and strengthen interpersonal contact.
As you become more aware of their body, mind, environment and spiritual self, you will better able to create vivid, meaningful experience, improving the quality of your life and making better, more satisfying decisions.
Location and fees
Sessions takes place in London in the Earl's Court (Kensington) area. The area is easily reached by Underground (District, Central and Piccadilly Line), Overground, National Rail and by several buses.
Fees for individuals
A 50 minutes session for an individual is £60.
Fees for couples
A 50 minutes session for a couple is £80.
I have a few slots available for students and people at lower income. Simply enquire me for slots availabilities.
During an initial chat in person, on the phone or via Skype, I can get an understanding of your needs so we can see if I am a right person for you.
Here we start analysing your problems and make a plan on how to tackle them, including follow up sessions. Usually it works best to start with weekly sessions though the length of the therapy may vary from a couple of weeks to longer depending on the individual (or on the couple).
If a problem arises for which you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible as other people might benefit from that spot.
To get started you can either:
I look forward to hearing from you.