As we progress in this digital era more and more counselling, therapy and coaching services are now being offered online. Education is shifting towards online platforms, ecommerce grows year on year, and we are now beginning to see shifts in counselling, therapy and life coaching to this way of working together with clients. Technology has advanced to a stage where stable internet connections, software like Skype and FaceTime, and growing internet use means that there’s never been a better time to working online. Mounting evidence suggests that this method is no less effective than face-to-face counselling and life coaching.
Face to face sessions will always remain for those that prefer this way of working together and there is always the option for the client to combine both ways of working during their chosen period of working with me.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of Online Counselling & Life Coaching:
There are two methods of Online offerings for my Counselling & Life Coaching service:
Synchronous: here both my client and I will be connected at the same time and be engaged in a two-way conversation. As such, this is similar to the traditional therapy setting.
Typical Platforms: Skype, FaceTime and instant messenger services that offer video interaction.
Asynchronous: this works via a series of ongoing exchanges. Neither myself or my client have to be at the computer at the same time, rather, I will pick up messages from my client and respond, and they will then do the same, adding a further level of flexibility.
Typical Platforms: Email.
Despite falling under the broad banner of ‘Online Counselling and Life Coaching’ these are vastly different approaches, and thus we shall deal with them separately.
Synchronous: Skype, FaceTime and Online Video Interface Counselling & Life Coaching
When it comes to synchronous services, there are a number of available platforms, but Skype is by far the most commonly used. Facetime is another popular option.
Skype and FaceTime is a free software platform that enables 1-to-1 communication between myself and my clients who have the software installed and have set up accounts. You can download Skype here. FaceTime is available on Apple products which I have in place for this way of interacting.
You will need a webcam and a microphone – most laptops, tablets and mobile phones now come with these as standard.
Benefits of Skype, FaceTime Counselling and Life Coaching
Asynchronous: Email Counselling & Life Coaching
Of the two key approaches to online Counselling and Life Coaching, asynchronous email is probably the more unfamiliar. However, in practice it is quite simple. Clients will send me emails with their concerns, issues and goals, to which I take a considered therapeutic and / or coaching approach and respond as such.
Benefits of email Counselling and Life Coaching
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