A late post from me tonight. Not that I haven't spent the day glued to my computer, quite the opposite. I've been making some short videos to add to my site to introduce new clients to my face, voice and the medium of online counselling generally.
For some people, the idea of online therapy is a foreign one. They might only just be warming up to the idea that they could sit in a room with someone and talk face-to-face, let alone adding in the perceived complexity of using a video call. If this is you, allow me to reassure you that working online is easy, convenient and most important of all effective.
I was reading research just last week which confirmed that the online therapy tested was just as effective as face-to-face counselling sessions. The reasoning around this might be that we are less likely to be distracted during an online session, that we focus intently on the communication on-screen, and that we are more likely to attend sessions regularly, because of the flexibility it offers, and the absence of the need to travel and deal with the logistics of making it to an office. We can fit it around childcare, or eldercare arrangements, or shift work. For most, the practicality is the most attractive part, however, the reassurance that research provides in finding teletherapy to be so effective is more than a bonus!
So here are my short videos for the day:
The first is designed to welcome newcomers to my site and let them see what I look like and how I sound.
The second is more talking from me around the kind of sessions that are available with various options regarding ways of working, and a bit more of my personality and information on the therapy that I offer.
I'd be interested to know what you think! Leave me a comment to do get in touch via my new YouTube channel if you have some thoughts on things you might like me to talk about.
Laura is an online talking therapist and writer specialising in working with millennials and the LGBTQI+ community.