There are many reasons people seek counselling. Such as help with managing depression and anxiety, drug or alcohol issues, relationships, life issues or feeling overwhelmed.
Online Counselling aims to support you in your wellbeing and to encourage and empower you in making the changes you desire in your life.
Please ensure that your counsellor is a qualified counsellor who is registered with a professional association.
It is important that your counsellor is experienced in delivering counselling services online.
Read their Privacy and Confidentiality Policy to ensure that you understand the terms of your contract in order to work together.
The Policy will outline ethical guidelines and who to contact in the event of a crisis. When you accept the terms of the Policy you give your Informed Consent for Counselling.
I offer you the assurance of these things in my online counselling and coaching practice.
In addition to being a registered Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), I also have many years’ experience in offering counselling through online platforms.
I adhere to PACFA’s ethical guidelines to provide a high quality, professional service, which is ethical and confidential.
What is ONLINE Counselling?
Online Counselling is also referred to as e-counselling or Teletherapy, Online Therapy, or e-therapy. These are all offered through the Internet.
These services mean you can access a counselling or therapy service from any location and in the comfort of your own home.
I offer secure video conferencing and email support, and supplementary resources, as required. Visual communication is important in counselling as so much of our communication is non-verbal.
It is important online counsellor is a good fit for you and that you feel comfortable.
You can contact me to ask any questions or make a connection. It is important that your counsellor is a good listener and doesn’t give you advice. But that they also guide you to the right decisions and choices for you.
Good counselling should include other perspectives and new ways of seeing things. At times counselling will challenge and reward you with your own insights and sense of purpose.
The Ethics of Online Counselling
Online Counselling can involve ethical issues around confidentiality, informed consent, and data leakage. I have taken some important measures to protect you and your information.
I use Cliniko’s integrated telehealth software, which offers a secure, high-quality video and audio connection. on any device. All you need is an internet connection and your computer, tablet or smartphone.
How effective is Online Counselling?
Research consistently shows that Online Counselling can be very effective for many counselling and mental health issues. This can include Depression and Anxiety.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), online therapy may be as helpful as meeting with a therapist in-person.
Clients report that they feel a close connection with their online counsellor or therapist. Many say they can open up more than they would in a face-to-face session.
Security and compliance
You be assured that your consultations are kept private and confidential. Between just you and your counsellor.
Your records are kept safe through Cliniko’s secure system.
What to expect in Online Counselling?
Most people who seek Online Counselling want change in some important aspects of their lives.
We will explore the main reasons for you seeking Online Counselling while exploring the bigger picture of how you’d like your life to be.
It is important to identify your strengths, as aiming to make a significant difference in the areas you are want help with.
All Individual sessions are 60 minutes. Online Couples sessions are 70 minutes.
I won’t lock you into weekly ongoing fees or a package, rather I want to offer you the flexibility to choose when and how often you come for counselling and what you want to work on in each session.
As your Online counsellor, l will help you to clarify what you want to achieve or help you gain clarity if you’re not sure. In between sessions there may be negotiated things to think about or do.
People typically come to Online Counselling for help with:
- managing depression
- managing anxiety and social anxiety
- self-esteem issues
- drug or alcohol issues
- help with relationship issues
- managing life issues
- managing feelings of being overwhelmed
- decision making
What are the benefits of Online Counselling?
The benefits depend on a few factors. These include, your commitment to engaging with counselling as a process, and to reflecting on things in between sessions. A capacity for insight and an openness to new perspectives is important. So is a willingness to choose change and adopt some new behaviours.
These are some of the benefits:
- Confidential and secure
- People report feeling a good connection with their online counsellor
- Demonstrated effectiveness in treating depression and anxiety
- Help to manage specific issues
Contact Linda for more information about Counselling online.
Request a booking for your first online Counselling session.
How should I prepare for Online Counselling?
You can book an appointment by phone or 24-7 by using Cliniko’s online booking system. You will receive a confirmation email with a link that lets you easily access the call. When it is your appointment time, all you need to do is follow the link, and you’ll be whisked away to the virtual treatment room where I’ll join you.
No login or password is required—just one click and you’re in!
Before our first session, I will send you a Pre-Consultation Questionnaire to complete. My Privacy and Confidentiality Policy will be attached to your email.
If you are coming as a Couple, I ask you to complete the questionnaire individually and email it back to me before our session. I’ll also include a few questions for couples to think about individually, and to share with your partner in our session.
I look forward to working with you soon, Linda