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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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