I believe that counselling should be accessible and flexible whilst maintaining the integrity of the therapeutic process. To offer an authentic counselling service I support client choice in the way in which the counselling is delivered.
Face to face counselling enables clients to respond directly to the counsellor in real time, with all the benefits that being in the same room offer such as the visual clues that we all use to gather information. Face to face counselling offers a supportive space to explore more complex circumstances and can be particularly beneficial if part of the work includes relationship and social difficulties.
Online and telephone counselling offer a great deal of flexibility and can often be more convenient and more accessible for clients who might otherwise be restricted by time, location or physical challenges. Online and telephone counselling might be challenging if technology is new to you, or is not available where you are. If you feel that your circumstances are too complex for remote sessions, please do not let this prevent you from accessing support during this time. Counselling can offer many ways of working through the challenges you are facing. Please contact me to discuss a way forward.
Online and telephone counselling is not suitable if you are in a crisis or suicidal, suffering from a psychiatric disorder or experiencing psychotic symptoms or if you are in addiction. If you are experiencing any of these at the moment, please contact local health services, mental health services or emergency services for immediate help.