Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Online counselling is sometimes considered second rate compared to traditional counselling. But actually, online counselling has a lot of benefits.
Face-to-face counselling can be overwhelming for some people, especially when anxiety or phobia is concerned. It’s also hard to access for those who live remote or live with limitations.
As technology gets better and better, online counselling gets more popular. In this blog, I share five reasons why online counselling might be for you.
1. It’s accessible for everyone
You can access online counselling anywhere. Wherever you are, as long as there’s WI-FI access, you can jump online and have a session. This is particularly helpful for people who live remotely and may not have access to face-to-face clinics.
The flexibility of online counselling also suits people who are:
· Afraid or anxious
· Unable to leave the house due to illness
· Parents who cannot leave their child
· Living remotely
2. You have more choice of counsellors
Found the perfect counsellor but they’re on the other side of the world?
Online counselling means distance is no issue!
You can speak to the counsellor who specialises in the issues you’re facing no matter where they are.
3. It’s as effective as face-to-face counselling
Online counselling works particularly well for anxiety and stress issues. Often clients are worried about online counselling because they think their counsellor will miss certain cues conveyed through body language, and this will affect its effectiveness.
The truth is, online counsellors are trained to overcome this obstacle and get clear hints of your body language through the screen.
Your counsellor will also get more of an idea of who you are by how you feel in your home. This helps your counsellor understand you in ways that wouldn’t be possible in a face-to-face session.
4. Online counselling can be immediately available
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone right away. You’re anxious and scared, and don’t want to have to wait for an available counsellor.
Online counselling can be booked as early as a few hours in advance. You can get online and talk through your problems as they arise.
5. You can switch to a phone call at any time
If you enjoy video calls with family and friends, you will likely feel comfortable chatting with a counsellor online. But if you’re uncomfortable with this, you can switch to a phone call at any time.
How does my online counselling work?
I conduct my counselling sessions using Zoom. Security and privacy is a priority and Zoom’s encrypted system makes sessions extra secure.
Want to give online counselling a try? Get in touch and you’ll get 30 minutes free.