Does online counselling work?
Studies show that online therapy is just as effective as face-to-face therapy. There are many advantages: It’s easily accessible – wherever you are in the world, just turn on your computer, tablet or smartphone to access me online. It can save you precious time and energy and people often find it less intimidating to call from a familiar location. These can be significant factors in the healing process.
What are the benefits of online counselling?
- It’s ideal if you are housebound for any reason whether that’s because of disability, or caring for small children or elderly parents, and have no support system to allow you spend time away from home.
- You can access the support from the comfort and convenience of their own home, car or office so maximising your privacy
- If you live in a rural area, online counselling removes the geographical barrier which may exist – or save a long drive to the nearest town
Do I need to have Skype on my own phone/computer/tablet?
Yes, if you are going to opt for online counselling sessions. If you don’t already have one, all you need to do is download and install the latest version of Skype and set up your account. Skype is free and can be downloaded onto laptops, desktops, tablets and smart phones. Once you have signed up I will send you my Skype user name to add to your contacts list.
What if my Internet connection isn’t good?
Some clients may prefer telephone counselling over other forms. This can be due to problems with internet connection or simply that you are more at ease with telephone counselling sessions instead of Skype video sessions. For these reasons I also offer telephone counselling to clients in Ireland.
What do my clients say?
“It was amazing how an hour’s call could help me to see things totally differently. I was getting a lot out of the webinars but there were some things, like my eating disorder, that I really needed extra help with. Alison has a lovely personality – she’s very warm, very real and can be funny – we did a lot of laughing in our sessions. I felt that she could truly identify with what I was saying. I always felt very safe and able to say whatever I needed to without feeling judged.”
“I had thought that my abusive childhood would always haunt me but Alison provided a safe place for me to unravel the mess of emotions that had built up over the years. I wasn’t sure about counselling using Skype especially talking about trauma. But Alison was able to create a really safe space- it felt like she was there in the room with me.”
“I was able to quickly make links between problems in my life today, in my relationships and at work, with what I’d experienced growing up with an alcoholic dad. When I started working with Alison I was drinking too much and it was affecting my job and my family but I couldn’t seem to stay off the drink for long. Alison was able to break things down into chunks and helped me to set goals. I haven’t had a drink now for 6 months. Her way of helping you see the positive things I’d done helped me to be less hard on myself. I thought if she believed in me, then I could believe in me too.”
“When I was growing up, I had some traumatic experiences and it led to a whole lifetime of anxiety and depression. I felt lonely and frightened and in the end I couldn’t even leave my house to go to counselling. I began to notice changes almost immediately upon beginning to work with Alison. Today I feel more grounded and solid in my body and I’ve cut my medication right down. I’m looking forward to continuing this work and see how far it can take me.”
Thinking about online or telephone counselling?
If you would like to have a chat about whether either online or telephone counselling are for you, call Alison Winfield, Mindfully Well Counselling Cork on 087 9934541 o r drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org