Online counselling is a quickly-growing way of accessing therapy. It has opened up a world of healing for those who may not otherwise be able to see a therapist due to a wide range of different factors. And as a bonus, you can get support from the comfort of your own private space. See below for more information.
So, get comfy, pour a tea or coffee, and let's talk!
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Online counselling is not only convenient but can be just as effective as face-to-face counselling for certain individuals.
The effectiveness of this method of therapy is dependent on various factors. The specific needs of each client should be assessed to ensure that online counselling is appropriate to the situation. The location of clients and quality of internet access should also be considered. Consistent internet outages or long buffering times can interrupt the therapeutic process and impact effectiveness.
Online counselling is not appropriate for those with severe mental health problems, those struggling with suicide, or for highly conflictual couples. These specific situations require more in-depth services that online counselling simply cannot meet with a degree of confidence and satisfaction
is it safe?
Online Counselling involves the use of electronic communications to connect with individuals using video and audio platforms to conduct sessions. The laws that protect client confidentiality remain in effect and apply to online counselling.
We will do everything possible to protect your identity and keep all confidences. The online platform that we use PIPEDA & HIPAA approved to ensure the highest level of security possible.
As the client, you should ensure you also have access to a space that is private, one where you cannot be overheard by others. Your sessions and communications with your therapist should preferably be done through a device that is not shared with others.