Why do people choose email counselling instead of face-to-face?
There are many benefits to online counselling and people choose online counselling for different reasons:
- You can write out your thoughts and begin a session any time of day or night, when the moment is right, instead of having to book or wait for a scheduled appointment
- No appointments or travelling across town to see your counsellor
- No additional cost or hassle dealing with parking, bus or other transportation
- No taking time off work or paying a babysitter
- Spend just the right amount of time you need for each counselling session
IT COSTS LESS
- Thanks to reduced overhead costs, I am able to offer lower fees
- Since there’s no “appointment”, there are no late cancellation fees, transportation or parking costs
- Those with chronic illness or mobility disabilities don’t have to travel to appointments or schedule around health issues
- A great option for people living in small communities where there are limited options for counselling services
- People with a hearing loss can avoid the common difficulty of finding an appropriate or d/Deaf-friendly therapist.
- Studies have found online therapy to be as effective as traditional in-person therapy. (Click here to read more.)
- I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor: there is no reduction in accountability or quality of professional services
YOU CAN KEEP A WRITTEN RECORD OF YOUR THERAPEUTIC SESSIONS
- Re-reading your counselling exchanges later on can be helpful:
- Notice things you hadn’t noticed the first time
- Remember important insights the next time things come up
- See your progress develop over time
- Be reminded of the encouragement and support gained from an earlier session
- Among other things, therapists providing written services are vigilant to follow ethical principles and take great care to say the right thing
IT’S PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
- Connect to your counsellor from the comfort and privacy of your own home
- You can cry in private, to your heart’s content
- Great for people living in rural areas or close-knit communities: often people appreciate not worrying about running into a co-worker, neighbour or ex-partner while sitting in a waiting room
- For d/Deaf people who are comfortable communicating in written English, there is no need for an interpreter, which often means additional costs and, for some, a sense of lost privacy
SOME PEOPLE PREFER IT FOR OTHER REASONS
- A good fit for people who find journalling therapeutic
- In this day and age of e-mail and texting, many people feel more comfortable expressing themselves on the computer or by phone
- Some people prefer the thoughtful writing process or find it easier to gain insight into their problems by writing instead of talking
- And some find writing allows them to confide more openly and deeply, without a ticking clock
- All online counselling sessions take place with industry standard 128-bit SSL (secure socket layer) encryption (https)
“Doing therapy this way means I don’t have to take off work, pay for parking, or follow someone else’s schedule.”
“It suits my life and email allows me to say things I don’t think I could say meeting in person.” (online therapy client quoted in “Therapy at your fingertips – Cyber-counselling helps the troubled among us from a distance”, Toronto Sun, April 15, 2012)
Follow this link to learn about potential drawbacks of online counselling.
Click here if you’d like to begin your first online counselling session.
Note: Live Chat and video counselling may be offered in the future.