Online Counselling

 Pros & Cons

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Benefits

Working online with a therapist offers convenience, comfort, and with things like OCD & anxiety, the chance to practice tasks at home with support.

It eliminates travel stress and may fit in with your day/evening more easily.

You can choose from therapists across the UK.

Downsides

Even with the best made plans, we're more likely to be interrupted at home.

Some body language cues may not be seen.

You may be overheard if precautions aren't taken.

If you don't like video calls it may suit you better to work in person with a therapist.

Despite both you & the therapist taking care, there will always be an element of online security to consider.

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Making it work for you

Speak to several therapists until you find one you like.

Plan sessions when there are less people around if possible.

Use headphones to avoid being overheard or turn down the volume on your device.

A radio on low volume or a fan placed outside your door can reduce the chance of being overheard.

Ensure you have a good quality internet connection.

Save your Zoom link somewhere easy to find each week.

Have a drink, tissues & writing materials nearby.

Consider a 'do not disturb' sign on your door.

Allow yourself a few minutes after your sessions to return to your day in a relaxed state.

Ask yourself...

Am I comfortable with the idea?

Do I have enough privacy?

Is my internet connection sufficient?

Would I rather meet a therapist in person?

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Online therapy can be safe, effective and convenient - but it doesn't suit everyone. If you aren't sure you can book a consultation to try it out & decide afterwards. If face to face therapy is best for you, there are many therapists working this way.