Is online counseling right for you?

 

Many people go through a difficult time in their lives, when it may be hard to find the right person to talk to. This is magnified if you are isolated from counseling services by distance, illness, disability or language barriers, if your work or responsibilities make it hard to arrange appointments, or if you simply feel more comfortable communicating online rather than face-to-face.  Online counseling is as close as your computer.

 

If you’d like to read more about counseling, visit the site It’s good to talk, from the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. 

 

What sort of issues can you contact me about?

Online counseling is suitable for many different issues, including:

 

  • Stress

  • Anxiety & panic

  • Depression

  • Low Self-esteem & confidence

  • Fears & phobias

  • Internet porn addiction & sex addiction

  • Problems making changes and dealing with new challenges, including relocation and cultural issues

  • Problems making decisions

  • Anger & frustration

  • Obsessive thoughts & behaviours

  • Loneliness

  • Sexuality

  • Relationship problems

 

I only work online with clients aged 18 and over. If you are under 18 and want to talk to someone online, try Mindfull . If you are being hurt or threatened by someone, feel unsafe, or are desperate and don’t know who to talk to contact Childline There’s someone there for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Online counseling is not suitable for emergencies. If an emergency or crisis happens during our work together, I will help you to find a more appropriate form of support.

 

How does it work?

 

If you think online counseling might be right for you, please complete the Contact Form and briefly outline (50-100 words) why you are seeking counseling. I will respond to your contact form within 48 hours.

 

I ask all potential clients to complete an online Assessment and Agreement Form. This helps me to assess if online counseling is the best way of approaching your issues and achieving your goals. If not, I will advise you about a range of options.  It does not mean you are not right for online counseling – it means that I don’t think that online counseling is the best form of support for you.

We’ll decide together when, how often and how we will have contact with each other – email, instant messaging or virtual meeting with webcam. Each way of communicating has its own advantages.

 

Your payment via Paypal is due 24 hours before our online appointment or email exchange.  If If you cancel 48 hours or more before an appointment there is no charge. If you pay but the appointment doesn’t take place (due to technical problems), I will retain the payment and carry it forward to the next scheduled appointment.

 

Confidentiality & security online are important: read more about it here.