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Neil Irish

Professional Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach


Online Counselling & Coaching


As we progress in this digital era more and more services and are now offered online. Education is shifting towards online platforms, ecommerce grows year on year, and we are now beginning to see shifts in therapy and coaching to this way of working together with clients. Technology has advanced to a stage where stable internet connections, software like Skype, and growing internet use means that there’s never been a better time to working online. Mounting evidence suggests this method is no less effective than face-to-face counselling

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 & Coaching

  • It offers and extra level of convenience for those with very busy schedules
  • It takes away any potential stress and anxiety with the travelling involved to get to appointments
  • No travel costs involved and no time needs to be taken off work for appointments
  • It can be undertaken anywhere a client chooses as long as they have a good internet connection with a camera and microphone. You can use a PC, Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Phone
  • If a client feels anxious about attending face to face sessions then the online way of working will ease this and thus the client will feel far more comfortable 
  • It is no less confidential than face to face sessions
  • Online counselling & coaching sessions are priced accordingly to take into consideration the lower cost base of conducting these. (please see my services and fees section for pricing details)

There are two methods of Online offerings for my Counselling & 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 and instant messenger services

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’ these are vastly different approaches, and thus we shall deal with them separately

Synchronous: Skype counselling & 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 option.

Skype 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.

You will need a webcam and a microphone – most laptops come with these as standard now though.

Benefits of Skype counselling

  • Once you’ve got to grips with the platform, Skype is easy
  • The client can choose and find the right place and time for them for their session
  • Mounting evidence suggests this method is no less effective than face-to-face counselling
  • Skype counselling captures many of the nuances of communication

Asynchronous: Email Counselling & Coaching

Of the two key approaches to online counselling, asynchronous email counselling is probably the more unfamiliar. However, in practice it is quite simple. Clients will send me emails with their concerns and issues, to which I take a considered therapeutic approach and respond as such.

Benefits of email counselling

  • Clients can more fully relay their thoughts and feelings by writing everything down, thus building a bigger and more detailed picture than they perhaps could in person
  • Some clients prefer the enhanced level of anonymity that email gives them
  • Clients can unload their feelings whenever they deem appropriate rather than having to wait for their next appointment to come around
  • After I respond, my client can access the response whenever they need to

If you have questions or concerns before deciding on using any of the options of Online Services for your counselling or coaching needs please do send me an email to enquiries@neil-irish-coaching.co.uk

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Professional Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach


I OFFER A FREE INITIAL NO OBLIGATION 15-MINUTE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

I PROVIDE A FULL INITIAL CONSULATION SESSION AT A HIGHLY REDUCED RATE.

ALL FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING, CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY AND LIFE COACHING SESSIONS CAN BE UNDERTAKEN IN COMPLETE PRIVACY AT MY THERPAY ROOM. I WILL ALSO UNDERTAKE THESE SESSIONS, IF IT IS YOUR PREFERENCE, AT YOUR HOME OR A NEUTRAL QUIET MEETING PLACE WHERE WILL NOT BE DISTURBED.

I ALSO OFFER MY SERVICES OVER THE TELEPHONE, OVER EMAIL, SKYPE OR FACETIME, WHICHEVER IS YOUR PREFERENCE.

I offer Daytime, Evening and Weekend appointments to suit your circumstances and preference.

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