You might consider online counselling if you have limited mobility; have difficulty accessing transport; feel safer talking to someone from your own home; or you simply find it hard to fit a one-to-one meeting into a busy schedule.
If you would like to access my online counselling service, please call on 07592 593 734 and I will be happy to discuss whether it is right for you. It is preferable for us to meet on a one-to-one basis at my Bristol counselling practice for our first session, but this is not essential.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and you need to speak to someone urgently, please call The Samaritans on 116 123.
The Samaritans offer a confidential service which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Online counselling isn't suitable for everybody. One of my key aims in counselling is to provide a safe space for you to share your experience so it's essential that you still feel safe if we are talking via video rather than meeting face-to-face in the same room. For that reason, I may not be able to offer online counselling if:
• you are having frequent and intrusive thoughts of suicide
• you are at risk of harming yourself
• you are at risk of harm from someone else
• you are in crisis
If you are not sure whether this applies to you or whether online counselling services are right for you, please call and I will be happy to talk with you about your options.
I use the VSee video platform for online counselling. VSee allows you to make free video calls via the internet and had been designed to meet the confidentiality requirements necessary for counselling and other medical disciplines that some other systems like Skype, do not. All you need is a computer with a webcam and a decent broadband connection. If you don't already have a VSee account, the software is free and it's very easy to set an account up on the VSee website.