"On-line therapy is the delivery of mental health counseling via the Internet. People also know it as e-therapy, distance therapy, internet therapy and web therapy. Therapists use a variety of mediums such as apps for texting, video chatting, voice messaging and audio messaging".
On-line therapy primarily gives patients a more convenient way to seek help. As with any other form of therapy that I use, I consider one session a week to be sufficient. I feel that this allows the client time to process whatever may have been brought to their attention, without them feeling overwhelmed.
Following an initial enquiry I will ask any potential client to complete a pre-session questionnaire (follow the link to view it's contents). This provides me with the background information that I require ... and then we'll take it from there.
Ultimately on-line therapy gives clients the flexibility to use Skype, the Internet and various other apps to talk about their feelings and get emotional support. It's particularly useful for people who for instance are unable to get about easily, who maybe live in a remote area, who work odd hours, who might lack confidence, who lead a hectic life, or who just feel more at ease in their own environment.
I don't see any reason why all of the therapies that I offer should not be easily transferable to on-line therapy.
I must add at this point that any potential on-line therapy clients must have a certain degree of IT expertise and have the equipment available, in order to access and use Internet Apps, exchange emails, scan and send documents such as contracts, questionnaires etc. and feel happy working in this way. I must also add that my whilst the Internet infers that people are accessible 24 hours a day, my working hours are 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday and unless I consider it to be an emergency I will not reply to anything received outside of these hours or inbetween sessions.
On-line therapy works best when you need a small amount of help and feel comfortable talking on-line and in videos, but it may not be as effective for all patients as 1-2-1 sessions. In my personal opinon if you're struggling then something is better than nothing and as I see my job as helping you to help yourself then ... nothing ventured nothing gained..
Although I take numerous measures to ensure that my client records are kept strictly confidential, I cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any internet based app used. For this reason a clause in the on-line therapy contract will ask all potential clients to sign up to their going ahead with on-line therapy at their own risk.