With Covid-19 hanging around this year and workplace restrictions, many people have embraced telehealth as the 'new norm'. While I absolutely love seeing clients face to face and have had my reservations about online appointments in the past I have been amazed at the depth of connection and profound shifts that my clients are achieving through online counselling. While many clients have been hesitant at the thought of online counselling they have transitioned to the online environment quite readily. In fact, some clients prefer the online format. Online counselling suits people for many reasons. It may be that you live in a small town and find the thought of going to a local counsellor just too close to home.
Beginning a counselling relationship can be quite daunting. You may want to make changes in your life but the thought of going and sitting face to face with a counsellor feels a little bit too much right now. With online counselling you can make a cuppa, sit in the comfort of your own home and start working towards your goals at a pace that suits you.
There can be a sense of safety in knowing that you will not bump into your counsellor while you are doing your shopping or walking your dog.
Some clients are also more comfortable in their own home, patting their animals and not feeling the pressure of eye contact or attending a consulting room.
Start where you are
Many NDIS participants have funding for Capacity Building: Improved Daily Living, however find it difficult to access the support they need because of where they live, mobility or time constraints, or they may simply prefer the online environment.
I am a registered NDIS provider and offer individual, confidential, online counselling and play based therapy to self-managed, plan-managed and NDIA managed participants and their carers.