Following current government guidelines I am currently only able to see clients face to face in South Cumbria, but I am able to continue seeing clients from further afield online - through video conferencing (Zoom), on the phone, via email or chat / text.
I've worked in this way since 2011, so I've got considerable experience in managing the differences from face to face work that online work involves. I'm a Professional Member of the Association of Counselling and Therapy On line, have recent specific training in working online therapeutically as well as training in data security and online risk management, and have some 30 years experience in working with IT so can offer a comprehensive support package to clients who are apprehensive and have doubts about the effectiveness of working this way.
Sessions through Zoom and phone are £40 each and like face to face sessions last for approx 50 minutes. Email and text counselling rates are available on application.
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Counselling is a 'talking therapy' - a time and place where you can discuss whatever is causing you concern in a safe and confidential environment. Usually it takes place face to face, and I have facilities to see clients in South Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester, but if you are unable to attend those premises it can be done over the telephone, or online, using a service such as Zoom. Often the process can be difficult and challenging, as feelings such as hopelessness, helplessness, powerlessness, shame, loneliness and isolation have to be faced and dealt with. Generally the aim is to enable you to invoke change in your life in order to manage and deal with whatever is the cause of your distress.
A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do. With their encouragement and support you will be talking about what is causing you distress, considering what the root causes of this are and looking at the ways that you are thinking about it. The counsellor will enable and empower you to find your own solutions to these issues. These solutions will be things that you feel you are capable of doing, either by yourself or with support from others in your life.
Counselling can help with many things that can cause you difficulty. Just a few of the major issues that can be addressed include -
Gender and Sexual Identities
Loss and Bereavement