Online Therapy Services

People first not profit.

This online therapy service believes in creating an equal partnership between therapist and client. The first session is free for you to discover if this service is right for you on your terms. No automatic charges for late cancellation or missed appointments, your treated as a person with a life that deserves respect and dignity. No payment taken in advance for therapy sessions, I do not believe that asking for advanced payments before the session promotes trust.

Why is it important that the first online session

is provided free?

Before employing a solicitor or an accountant they will often provide a free consultation to see if they can provide the prospective client the service they require at a price that is beneficial to both parties, why should therapy be any different? Although it is not to everyone’s taste the people who to use modern day communication like Skype to experience counselling and psychotherapy online are finding there are many positive benefits, some of these benefits can actually enhance the therapy experience but in my opinion people need a chance to discover if it works for them before paying a fee. Finding the right therapist online or face to face is a very important element for successful therapy and as a therapist working online from this website I understand that it is important to help people make the right choice. It does not matter if it is online counselling or psychotherapy the principle is the same

No Automatic Charges

Some therapists automatically charge for missed sessions what ever the reason but the therapy service on this website respects that a clients life events can sabotage anyone’s timekeeping through no fault of theirs.. No automatic charging for missed appointments does not mean that no charges are made for the second or third missed online therapy session, but that is still not automatic and depends on circumstances. First missed session is not charged. Second missed session maybe charged at half price depending on situation. Third missed session is charged at full price No charges for poor quality connections. No charges will be made if the quality of the connection has made it impossible to continue the therapy because of constant loss of service or poor sound and video quality. The session is discontinued and rearranged for another day. If The connections are of a constantly poor quality or there is little likelihood of any improvement then therapy will have to come to an end.

No retention of data after therapy

After a successful conclusion to the therapy service this online counselling service will securely destroy all and any data, including email and other messaging information unless requested by the client for future therapy. This service is not responsible for any personal data held on banking or other financial systems such as Paypal.
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Online Therapy Service

Finding an online therapist is an important decision that should be taken with care and consideration before making a financial commitment and this website can help you make the right choice.

Online counselling and psychotherapy sessions.

Using the internet for to find and experience counselling or psychotherapy is a modern alternative to the more restrictive face to face therapy. Therapy online only using sound To help you stay anonymous and more comfortable and relaxed you can use the sound only option when having therapy and remain hidden from view, this way of having therapy online allows you to hear and interact with the therapist on your terms.

Therapy online using Video

When talking to a therapist online you may want to use your web-cam for therapy to visually interact and cooperate over the Internet, some people prefer this way of communicating as it gives them a similar experience to the customary face to face type of therapeutic setting.

Using chat online for therapy

This Internet therapy service provides the option for you to use chat over Skype while the therapist uses voice, this provides you with a faster response so you don’t have to wait long for a reply,it helps the overall experience and saves you money, you also have the option to also starting to use voice if it becomes possible at a later date. Discover More

Anonymous Clients

You can remain hidden from the therapist by only using voice only and not using video, for many people it is an option that feels safer and less stressful when talking about personal issues. By using a throw away email address and a prepaid card for payment you can keep more privacy than you could with a typical dace to face session.

More personal freedom

You can talk from  your home or while you are in work or even sat in your car, anywhere you can connect to the world wide web you can talk about problems in your life in confidence and feel free to engage with an online therapist in a less formal and more stress-free way.

Less stress less anxiety

People using sound only can feel that it is easier to express themselves as they feel safer less exposed and intimidated with more personal control. Talking about issues in your life for the first time can be a difficult experience full of anxiety including feelings such as guilt and embarrassment, this is where this online therapy website can really help lower the stress and anxiety when looking for counselling & psychotherapy online.

What is online counselling with Skype?

Need to find someone to talk to that can help you make sense of your problems? You now have the advantage of using Skype to communicate with a therapist over the Internet, this is also very helpful when people need to find online counselling or they want to find a therapist online that is providing Skype therapy sessions to help with a range of personal problems and life changing events. This therapy service has given people more freedom to find what they need, when they need it, more information, more knowledge, more possibilities, more choice. All kinds of people have discovered the benefits of using online counselling sessions for help dealing with problems such as anxiety and sexual problems in relationships as well as tackling depression and many other personal problems they find difficult that are impacting on their happiness and enjoyment of life. Another advantage that you have when using Skype with an online therapy service in regards to confidentiality is anonymity, you can keep your identity hidden and keep your privacy, no one need know you are having therapy unlike normal face to face therapy when you could be seen attending sessions or meeting people you know going in or coming out of the therapists practice.

Skype therapy sessions

Online counselling sessions, sometimes called Skype therapy or Skype counselling is available from this website as long as you can connect to the Internet. People seeking therapy over the Internet often like the freedom and privacy it provides, as well as being able to find support for people who are living in isolated places or working abroad where the opportunity to seek help and support in the local area can be very limited. Millions of people use Skype every day for both personal and business calls, it has been a trusted secure way of communicating for a long time, just like the telephone that we use to talk to therapists and to make confidential calls to Doctors, Skype has become just another trusted method of talking and it is even more secure than the telephone due to the high level of encryption used. People chose to talk to a therapist online for several reasons, it's about choice for some and availability for others, some people have no choice because there is no therapists available where they live or a physical disability or psychological problem such as a phobia can make it to hard to travel to see one. Some people seek out counselling online so they can stay hidden and remain hidden from view, it can be so much easer to talk about sensitive issues while remaining anonymous and out of eye contact. People trust what they know and they understand that Skype does provide an encrypted and safe communication platform for confidentiality and privacy.

Positive online therapy benefits

There are many positive benefits with online therapy for people who need to talk in confidence to a therapist or psychotherapist over the web for personal reasons. Just like normal therapy in online counselling video sessions you can see the therapist and interact with them visually while you are still in your own home environment or even from the workplace. For many people the advantages of being able to remain hidden from view when using the voice only option over Skype allows them more freedom to talk honestly and openly about issues that would be difficult to discuss with a counsellor in the same room facing them in person, this is a very popular way of having therapy and it can help people feel more confident talking from somewhere safe and convenient this is the reason why more people than ever are using Skype sound only sessions to find the help and support they need when they need it. Find help and support online for problems such as stress and anxiety issues, sexual problems, relationship problems and even post- traumatic stress disorders and eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia and many more. You can also discover this advantage for yourself when using Skype for therapy in your own home when using an online therapy service such as this, and it will be able to provide a way to interact with an online psychotherapist/counsellor in a way that allows you more personal choice and is worth considering for the vast majority of the problems you face with this Skype therapy service. In this constantly changing fast paced age of technology we can embrace the advantages it provides us and use the opportunity to help achieve what we need, as long as your connection can support online communications you can use programs like Skype to talk to this therapist over the Internet where ever you are in the world.

Providing therapy online using Vsee

Vsee is a communication software similar to Skype that uses an encrypted and secure communication between therapist and client and is aimed at the therapist and health market and especially for the American markets that need to be hippa compliant. Some people do not like Skype so I offer this option as well as using Skype to provide a more flexible Internet therapy service. Find out more at http://vsee.com/ You can still use voice only or video if you wish, it is always your choice.

Positive online therapy benefits

There are many positive benefits with online therapy for people who need to talk in confidence to a therapist or psychotherapist over the web for personal reasons. Just like normal therapy in online counselling video sessions you can see the therapist and interact with them visually while you are still in your own home environment or even from the workplace. For many people the advantages of being able to remain hidden from view when using the voice only option over Skype allows them more freedom to talk honestly and openly about issues that would be difficult to discuss with a counsellor in the same room facing them in person, this is a very popular way of having therapy and it can help people feel more confident talking from somewhere safe and convenient this is the reason why more people than ever are using Skype sound only sessions to find the help and support they need when they need it. Find help and support online for problems such as stress and anxiety issues, sexual problems, relationship problems and even post-traumatic stress disorders and eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia and many more. You can also discover this advantage for yourself when using Skype for therapy in your own home when using an online therapy service such as this, and it will be able to provide a way to interact with an online psychotherapist/counsellor in a way that allows you more personal choice and is worth considering for the vast majority of the problems you face with this Skype therapy service. In this constantly changing fast paced age of technology we can embrace the advantages it provides us and use the opportunity to help achieve what we need, as long as your connection can support online communications you can use programs like Skype to talk to this therapist over the Internet where ever you are in the world.

Changing your life with therapy

Making personal changes or trying to cope with life is not easy and feeling lost or confused is quite normal when dealing with life changes or trying to take control and change your life choices. Think of it this way if we are never confused we always know what we need to do or say and when we feel confused we can all appreciate that everyone can benefit from some guidance or a fresh viewpoint from an outside perspective when we need some clarity. That is where online therapy can help by connecting you to a person who is impartial and is looking in from another point of reference. Talking to an online counsellor is a good way to reduce the stress and any embarrassment or reduce any feelings of anxiety because you have more control. Buy remaining anonymous some people find that it is easer to talk about personal problems and it can reduce any anxiety and feelings of being judged when talking to an online counsellor, staying hidden from view removes the need for eye contact and allows more freedom to express feelings and talk about experiences that people may feel is embarrassing or to personal for video.

Online therapy with email and chat options.

Therapy using email or chat and what it is sometimes referred to as email therapy or e-therapy and chat therapy, it is not therapy itself just the method of receiving and providing therapy over the Internet. It is a way of interacting with a therapist instead of using the traditional face to face way of experiencing therapy, or as an added extra option when having online counselling or psychotherapy. There are many reasons why some people like to communicate with a therapist using email, it can be just a part of the online therapy itself by giving feed back about a session or questioning a thought or behaviour between sessions, it can also be about keeping the therapist updated on any changes to be talked about in the next session, a sort of progress report to go over at the start of the next meeting, or even just a way of communicating ideas and personal reflections, in fact any thing the client feels is important that needs to be communicated. Just using email to communicate with a therapist is a method that some people prefer to use when they want to express themselves on their terms, it may allow them to feel safer and not feel so emotionally exposed when they do not have to talk to a therapist who is in the same room as them, being physically close to another person for some people can feel intimidating and it can restrict some clients ability to express themselves in a way they would like, this can leave them experiencing frustration with themselves at their inability to say what they want and be understood in a way that feels important to them. Preferred methods of communication and expression are different from person to person, verbalising how we feel is easer for some and very hard for others, writing it out in emails or expressing it with art can seem a more personally expressive medium to use and not everyone feels secure or confident when they speak to someone in person, righting it out can be a way to level the playing field so it is not so stressful and they feel less self-conscious. It can also be very convenient to use emails, you can receive read and send at your convenience where ever you are, at home in work or on holiday and some people really like that ability to be free to respond when it suits them and not to be limited to just one time or place. There are as with most things some considerations to be taken into account when using email as a way of finding help and support and one of the most important is confidentiality, emails are not considered to be a good way to converse privately with the risk of them being intercepted or having your email account broken into or even accidentally sending them to the wrong person so there is an element of risk to the persons privacy when using this type of communication and this is why all emails should be encrypted where possible but that can be difficult for some people to understand  unless you use an email service such as hushmail that does it all for you.  Chatting online using many types of instant communication software such as MSN or Skype and Yahoo chat has been a popular method of communicating on-line for many years and it was only a matter of time when people who are comfortable using chat based programs started to look for help and support using it to engage with counsellors online. Some therapists and support groups now use instant chat programs to give people the option to find a way of interacting with a therapist or support worker by typing in chat in real time, not like emails where you have to wait for a response but in real time where it is a conversation rather than a correspondence. Some therapists would argue that e-therapy is not actually therapy or that it may actually hinder the process of personal change by maintaining a safe place that is hard to challenge or change over time. What is correct is that it does not matter what I think or what any therapist thinks is or is not therapy, what matters is if people find it helpful to use email and they think that is does benefit them and help them solve problems or enables them to make the changes that they need, what does it matter what works or why it works as long as it works. This is for information only as the online therapy site does not provide email therapy at this time.
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Skype Therapy sessions.

Using the internet for to find and experience counselling or psychotherapy is a modern alternative to the more restrictive face to face therapy. Although it is not to everyone’s taste the people who to use modern day communication like Skype to find  a therapist working on-line are finding there are many positive benefits, some of these benefits can actually enhance the therapy experience.

Worldwide Therapy Service.

Professional & Confidential.

Easy payment options.

Anonymous Clients.

Fast Response.

Evenings & Weekends.

First Session Free.

Skype therapy sessions.

Sound Only Sessions.

Video Sessions.

Anxiety problems and Stress. Sexual identity. Abuse. Depression. Sexual problems. Confidence and self-esteem. Grief and loss. Fear of commitment. Gambling addictions. Eating disorders. Divorce & family problems. Life change. Anger issues. Cancer & Terminal Illness. Relationships. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Many more personal issues supported

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Telephone counselling

Counselling services have been delivered over the telephone for many years helping to support people who would otherwise not have been able to receive the help and support they need without it. In some cases it is the only way that physically disabled people who are house bound were able to talk to a counsellor is by using the telephone and now the mobile phone so they are no longer restricted to fixed landlines, today they have benefited from the Internet that provides even more choice.
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Is it my fault I feel this way?

We all experience life’s up and downs and generally manage to cope, when we experience life changing events like a death of a loved one or the loss of a partner through divorce or separation it becomes an event that changes how we feel about our life and who we are as people. These changes and experiences sometimes gives us a sense of wisdom and a deeper knowledge about ourselves, but it can also hold us back, limiting our life in ways that can seem like an unending struggle with problems like depression, self confidence, low self esteem, and other issues that can change how we view our self. When we were born no one gave us instructions on how to become a person in our own right, there was no degree in growing up to pass before we embarked on the learning journey of life, we learned by trial and error and our family became our teachers in the first early years, but they also learned the same way as we did. The problem with this way of learning is that our family is often filled with people who have their own unique problems, so we learn the bad as well as good, this can have a major impact on how we see the world around us and shape the way we think and feel about ourselves and our relationships. A family experiencing a major events like a divorce or alcohol or drug addiction can have lasting affect on any family and personal relationships, problems with all kinds of abuse within a family can have a major and lasting affect on shaping a persons future life. Even if we have a good well supported and loving family we can have experiences that have a lasting impact on our life, such as experiencing being bullied in school or witnessing a traumatic event.  So at the time we cope in ways that get the job done, to make it as easy as possible to get on with our life, or so it seems, but in all reality it often has the opposite outcome in the long term. People do not just push away the pain and get on with it without having future consequences much later in life. 

Common Issues supported with online counselling and psychotherapy

These are just a few examples of the issues that people are seeking help and support when using this online therapy service

Relationship Guidance

On going relationship problems can fester and destroy any partnership and when you are recovering from a divorce or separation you can end up constantly questioning or looking for reasons, Even after the divorce you may be feeling confused with personal thoughts and feelings and this can lead to emotional uncertainty insecurity and anxiety and it may develop into  trust issues ruining future relationships. You can find help and support at any stage with starting continuing or ending a partnership or marriage. Life after a brake or divorce up can be a desperately difficult time but with help and support you can speed up the process and start a new life.

Trauma

Long or short term problems dealing with a traumatic experience can be very difficult to deal with and it can leave a lasting impact on your daily and future life. Any experience or event that you are not prepared for can traumatise you psychologically. Even if you understand what could happen and you may think you are ready to handle it you may find the reality very different.

Sexual Physical Verbal Abuse

Unfortunately even in this day and age many Men and Women experience abuse in their lives or have spent most of their time trying to recover from or are trying to come to terms with an abusive past experience. They may have to cope with an abusive family relationship or are trying to survive an ongoing relationship with an abusive partner, or they can be experiencing continuing bullying at work, whatever the type of abuse it will normally have a lasting and sometimes lifelong detrimental impact on the quality of their lives. All forms of abuse that people are exposed to can reduce their lives into nothing more than a day to day living hell.

Depression & Low moods

It’s not hard to be hurt by experiences or people in life but finding a way past it can take a life time. Therapy can help speed up the time needed so or help you to start to live a new life. Past experiences have a way of holding people back, constant thoughts and feelings may resurface or keep you from connecting with the people you love, self blame or low self worth issues will limit your own ability to find a better future.

Sexual Identity & Sexuality

One area that people find hard to discuss is their feelings centred on sexual identity and sexuality as well as confusion about their sexual expression and needs as a single person or while having a relationship. At any age and at any stage of a persons life questions centred around sexuality and sex can develop quite suddenly or grow over time until it becomes over whelming. Sexual uncertainty and confusion can place pressure on any relationship and overall effect the general happiness of your life. This can leave you feeling lost or uncertain about you and your emotional and physical desires. People who are in need of exploring questions they have about themselves on the subject of same sex attraction sexual fetishes or what is regarded normal in relation to sexual acts. They can feel a lesser amount of self-conscious feelings and more able to say what they need to when opening a channel of communication about the subject. The issues surrounding sex and relationships can often be difficult for you to talk about openly and honestly, when you are confused about your sexuality or sexual needs, this can make you feel isolated and stressed, this can also affect your relationships and self-worth, you may feel confused and hurt as well as depressed, you may understand how the anxiety is stopping you from finding new partners or enjoying the relationship you already have. Guilt and embarrassment are common reactions to sexual experiences that have left the person involved feeling confused about their sexuality when they have no need to be. Is it normal to feel this way? Who am I? Am I gay/straight/bisexual? Counselling online could help you find the answers you need.

Expatriates

Living way from home? Starting a new life abroad? Need an English speaking therapist? Living abroad or working away from home will have it’s own set of problems that can in time start to make ones life miserable leading to mood swings feelings of isolation and even end in depression. Contact me to see what help and support is possible

Anxiety Problems

Is your imagination creating the fear that is making you feel uneasy or worried and having a real negative impact on your life, that’s what is commonly called anxiety. Do you suffer from panic attacks or social phobias created by anxiety?Why and how does our imagination work against us Feelings of panic and anxiety starting to take over your life? Therapy online may help you.

Eating Disorders

Many people can struggle finding a relationship with food that works for them, over eating or excessive dieting can lead to serious lifelong mental and physical health problems. Many people spend years trying to battle the inner emotional difficulties that are outwardly expressed as an eating disorder, it can start in childhood or later in life and it affects both men and women, unfortunately it can years to control and in some cases may even return years later after a stressful life change or an

Recovering from trauma

As people we are all individuals and when we have experienced a traumatic event in our lives it can have a major impact on our ability to cope, and finding a way past it can take a life time. Online therapy can help speed up the time needed for recovery from past trauma or help you to start to live a new life, by remaining hidden from the online therapist it can help you feel less exposed and safer and help you feel more relaxed and able to talk with less anxiety. Past experiences have a way of holding people back, post- traumatic stress and constant negative thoughts and feelings may surface or keep you from connecting with the people you love, self- blame or low self-worth issues can limit your own ability to find a better future.
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Online Therapy Service

Online Therapy Service

Finding an online therapist is an important decision that should be taken with care and consideration before making a financial commitment and this website can help you make the right choice.

Worldwide Therapy Service.

Professional & Confidential.

Easy payment options.

Anonymous Clients.

Fast Response.

Evenings & Weekends.

First Session Free.

Skype therapy sessions.

Sound Only Sessions.

Video Sessions.

People first not profit.

This therapy website provide three important guarantees. The first session is free. No automatic charges for late cancellation or missed appointments. All data is encrypted and stored securely and destroyed after therapy is successfully concluded. No payment taken in advance for therapy sessions, I do not believe that asking for payment before the session is fair.

Why is it important that the first session

is provided free?

Before employing a solicitor or an accountant they will often provide a free consultation to see if they can provide the prospective client the service they require at a price that is beneficial to both parties, why should therapy be any different? Finding the right therapist online or face to face is a very important element for successful therapy and as a therapist working online from this website I understand that it is important to help people make the right choice. It does not matter if it is online counselling or psychotherapy the principle is the same

No Automatic Charges

Some therapists automatically charge for missed sessions what ever the reason but the therapy service on this website respects that a clients life events can sabotage anyone’s timekeeping through no fault of theirs.. No automatic charging for missed appointments does not mean that no charges are made for the second or third missed online therapy session, but that is still not automatic and depends on circumstances. First missed session is not charged. Second missed session maybe charged at half price depending on situation. Third missed session is charged at full price No charges for poor quality connections. No charges will be made if the quality of the connection has made it impossible to continue the therapy because of constant loss of service or poor sound and video quality. The session is discontinued and rearranged for another day. If The connections are of a constantly poor quality or there is little likelihood of any improvement then therapy will have to come to an end. .

No retention of data after therapy

After a successful conclusion to the therapy service this online counselling service will securely destroy all and any data, including email and other messaging information unless requested by the client for future therapy. This service is not responsible for any personal data held on banking or other financial systems such as Paypal.

Skype Therapy sessions.

Using the internet for to find and experience counselling or psychotherapy is a modern alternative to the more restrictive face to face therapy. Although it is not to everyone’s taste the people who to use modern day communication like Skype to find  a therapist working on-line are finding there are many positive benefits, some of these benefits can actually enhance the therapy experience.

Therapy only using sound

To help you stay anonymous and more comfortable and relaxed you can use the sound only option when having therapy and remain hidden from view, this way of having therapy online allows you to hear and interact with the therapist on your terms.

Therapy using Video

When talking to a therapist online you may want to use your web-cam for therapy to visually interact and cooperate over the Internet, some people prefer this way of communicating as it gives them a similar experience to the customary face to face type of therapeutic setting.

Using chat online for therapy

This Internet therapy service provides the option for you to use chat over Skype while the therapist uses voice, this provides you with a faster response so you don’t have to wait long for a reply,it helps the overall experience and saves you money, you also have the option to also starting to use voice if it becomes possible at a later date.

More personal freedom

You can talk from  your home or while you are in work or even sat in your car, anywhere you can connect to the world wide web you can talk about problems in your life in confidence and feel free to engage with a therapist in a less formal and more stress-free way.

Less stress less anxiety

People using sound only can feel that it is easier to express themselves as they feel safer less exposed and intimidated with more personal control. Talking about issues in your life for the first time can be a difficult experience full of anxiety including feelings such as guilt and embarrassment, this is where this online therapy website can really help lower the stress and anxiety when looking for counselling & psychotherapy online. You can still use voice only or video if you wish, it is always your choice.

Positive online therapy benefits

There are many positive benefits with online therapy for people who need to talk in confidence to a therapist or psychotherapist over the web for personal reasons. Just like normal therapy in online counselling video sessions you can see the therapist and interact with them visually while you are still in your own home environment or even from the workplace. For many people the advantages of being able to remain hidden from view when using the voice only option over Skype allows them more freedom to talk honestly and openly about issues that would be difficult to discuss with a counsellor in the same room facing them in person, this is a very popular way of having therapy and it can help people feel more confident talking from somewhere safe and convenient this is the reason why more people than ever are using Skype sound only sessions to find the help and support they need when they need it. Find help and support online for problems such as stress and anxiety issues, sexual problems, relationship problems and even post-traumatic stress disorders and eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia and many more. You can also discover this advantage for yourself when using Skype for therapy in your own home when using an online therapy service such as this, and it will be able to provide a way to interact with an online psychotherapist/counsellor in a way that allows you more personal choice and is worth considering for the vast majority of the problems you face with this Skype therapy service. In this constantly changing fast paced age of technology we can embrace the advantages it provides us and use the opportunity to help achieve what we need, as long as your connection can support online communications you can use programs like Skype to talk to this therapist over the Internet where ever you are in the world.

Changing your life with therapy

Making personal changes or trying to cope with life is not easy and feeling lost or confused is quite normal when dealing with life changes or trying to take control and change your life choices. Think of it this way if we are never confused we always know what we need to do or say and when we feel confused we can all appreciate that everyone can benefit from some guidance or a fresh viewpoint from an outside perspective when we need some clarity. That is where online therapy can help by connecting you to a person who is impartial and is looking in from another point of reference. Talking to an online counsellor is a good way to reduce the stress and any embarrassment or reduce any feelings of anxiety because you have more control. Buy remaining anonymous some people find that it is easer to talk about personal problems and it can reduce any anxiety and feelings of being judged when talking to an online counsellor, staying hidden from view removes the need for eye contact and allows more freedom to express feelings and talk about experiences that people may feel is embarrassing or to personal for video. Other methods you may want to consider

Providing therapy online using Vsee

Vsee is a communication software similar to Skype that uses an encrypted and secure communication between therapist and client and is aimed at the therapist and health market and especially for the American markets that need to be hippa compliant. Some people do not like Skype so I offer this option as well as using Skype to provide a more flexible Internet therapy service. Find out more at http://vsee.com/

Telephone Counselling

Counselling services have been delivered over the telephone for many years helping to support people who would otherwise not have been able to receive the help and support they need without it, in some cases it is the only way that physically disabled people who are house bound are be able to talk to a counsellor is by using the phone, they can access the support they need with a telephone without having to travel to see the councillor. They have been able to talk to a therapist over the telephone for many years and today phone counselling has been shown to be as effective for some people as traditional face to face therapy, it is still used as much as it ever with the added benefits provided with the mobile phone where people are no longer restricted with landlines but can be completely mobile. Today they have the added advantage of using the available online counselling services using the Internet to see the therapist with video while having counselling

Online therapy via email and chat

Therapy using email or chat and what it is sometimes referred to as email therapy or e-therapy and chat therapy, it is not therapy itself just the method of receiving and providing therapy over the Internet. It is a way of interacting with a therapist instead of using the traditional face to face way of experiencing therapy, or as an added extra option when having online counselling or psychotherapy. There are many reasons why some people like to communicate with a therapist using email, it can be just a part of the online therapy itself by giving feed back about a session or questioning a thought or behaviour between sessions, it can also be about keeping the therapist updated on any changes to be talked about in the next session, a sort of progress report to go over at the start of the next meeting, or even just a way of communicating ideas and personal reflections, in fact any thing the client feels is important that needs to be communicated. Just using email to communicate with a therapist is a method that some people prefer to use when they want to express themselves on their terms, it may allow them to feel safer and not feel so emotionally exposed when they do not have to talk to a therapist who is in the same room as them, being physically close to another person for some people can feel intimidating and it can restrict some clients ability to express themselves in a way they would like, this can leave them experiencing frustration with themselves at their inability to say what they want and be understood in a way that feels important to them. Preferred methods of communication and expression are different from person to person, verbalising how we feel is easer for some and very hard for others, writing it out in emails or expressing it with art can seem a more personally expressive medium to use and not everyone feels secure or confident when they speak to someone in person, righting it out can be a way to level the playing field so it is not so stressful and they feel less self-conscious. It can also be very convenient to use emails, you can receive read and send at your convenience where ever you are, at home in work or on holiday and some people really like that ability to be free to respond when it suits them and not to be limited to just one time or place. There are as with most things some considerations to be taken into account when using email as a way of finding help and support and one of the most important is confidentiality. Emails are not considered to be a good way to converse privately with the risk of them being intercepted or having your email account broken into or even accidentally sending them to the wrong person so there is an element of risk to the persons privacy when using this type of communication. This is why all emails should be encrypted where possible but that can be difficult for some people to understand  unless you use an email service such as hushmail that does it all for you.  Chatting online using many types of instant communication software such as MSN or Skype and Yahoo chat has been a popular method of communicating on-line for many years and it was only a matter of time when people who are comfortable using chat based programs started to look for help and support using it to engage with counsellors online. Some therapists and support groups now use instant chat programs to give people the option to find a way of interacting with a therapist or support worker by typing in chat in real time, not like emails where you have to wait for a response but in real time where it is a conversation rather than a correspondence. Some therapists would argue that e- therapy is not actually therapy or that it may actually hinder the process of personal change by maintaining a safe place that is hard to challenge or change over time. What is correct is that it does not matter what I think or what any therapist thinks is or is not therapy, what matters is if people find it helpful to use email and they think that is does benefit them and help them solve problems or enables them to make the changes that they need, what does it matter what works or why it works as long as it works. This is for information only as the online therapy site does not provide email therapy at this time.
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