My Online Counselling Methods: Skype Video Chat and Email
Counselling with Skype Video Chat
Counselling using Skype video works similarly to the traditional face-to-face encounter where I meet and talk with you in person at my clinic. The advantage to you as the patient is that you need not go through the inconvenience of having to show up personally at my clinic. No need to feel emotionally ready to make a trip to my office or feel the need to bother someone to take you. All you need to do is relax in a setting you are most comfortable with so you can rest easy during our sessions. A video cam, microphone, and some audio equipment (i.e. speakers, headset) are the peripherals you need to get the most out of our Skype video sessions.
Skype video chat affords many advantages:
People who travel a lot for work or study or those who relocate overseas would benefit from online counselling whether through video chat sessions or through email.
Face-to-face real-time therapy sessions. Talking to and literally seeing the counselor on camera as opposed to reading a written letter may comfort people who need to know there is a “real someone” helping them get through their problems.
More effective as an online counselling method for patients trying to overcome an addiction.
Face-to-face communication with the therapist while in the comfort of one’s chosen environment.
Works for those who do not have the luxury of having someone who can take them to a clinic for therapy.
Counselling through Email
Some patients may prefer some anonymity which email communication affords easily. There are many advantages to this type of counselling (although Skype video works best in many cases) as long as the therapy does not involve resolving an addiction. The problem of addiction is best tackled with face-to-face therapy afforded by the Skype video method.
The advantages of email counselling are:
People with a hearing problem may find email a better alternative counselling method.
Counselling in written form allows the patient to read and absorb the contents at their own time and pace.
People who do not like to set appointments and get stressed about keeping them would benefit more from receiving therapy through email. This way they may open their sessions at the time they choose.
Some people express themselves better at writing than speaking. Writing gives one more time to express complex thoughts or feelings.
The act of writing may be therapeutic for some patients.
Email offers a written record of the sessions.
What Issues Do I Address During Online Counselling?
Adjusting to chronic or terminal illness
Chronic pain management or body dysmorphic disorder
Depression and anxiety problems
Relationship building and management
Marriage and family problems
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
I have good success record with both individuals and couples therapy.
In order to give you the best professional help, I will need to assess what method (Skype video chat or email) would work best for your problem. In the case of addiction, as previously mentioned, Skype video chat will be the recommended medium as email counselling is not effective for such an issue. Moreover, should I feel that email counselling is not adequately addressing your problem, I may recommend a switch to the Skype video chat method anytime.
My online counselling service is offered to adults, 18 years old and above. I do not counsel minors unless initiated and permitted by the child’s parent or guardian.