You’re Not Alone!
If You’re Looking for Change in Your Life,
Online Counselling Can Help
Personalized, professional, compassionate support is available
to you from the convenience and privacy of your own home!
Did you know that depression is one of the most common
Depression is a painful experience, usually one of hopelessness, loneliness and feelings of inadequacy or insecurity. It can impact every aspect of your life: relationships, ability to socialize, to work, to sleep, to make healthy lifestyle choices, even to get out of bed in the morning. It’s difficult for someone who has never experienced the pain of depression to understand how devastating and overwhelming it can be.
The good news is that much research over recent decades shows that counselling can help. And now, studies have found online counselling to be as effective as traditional face-to-face. One interesting study on depression even found that the online counselling participants experienced “more long term efficacy, indicated by continued symptom reduction three months after treatment” while those in face-to-face counselling did not. (Click here to read more about research on the efficacy of online counselling for many issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, and a variety of health conditions). Whether in-person or online, counselling can help provide relief from the pain of depression – and often with longer term benefits than medication.
I believe that people are the experts on their own lives. And, while I may have suggestions, resources or information to share with you, I always want you to feel in control of how we spend our time together. I value your opinions about what works for you and see my role as your support when you need it most; a compassionate, non-judgemental ear to bear witness to your story, your experiences, your dreams, your desires; I am your partner in working towards the change you want in your life. Through the process of reflecting while writing to your counsellor, receiving support and feedback, and gaining new skills, online counselling is a private and convenient resource to help you heal from the pain of depression, so you can begin living a fulfilling life.
One of the beauties of written therapy is that you can write to me any time of day or night (through a secure, encrypted online counselling system). And since insomnia can be depression’s best friend, some people find that getting up in the middle of the night to write about their thoughts and anxieties actually helps them get back to sleep. You might want to save your message to me, to add more later or take some time to reflect before you feel ready to send. Or you may want to send it right away and hear back from me sooner.
And there are many other advantages of online counselling compared to face-to-face. For example, some people feel more comfortable expressing themselves in writing, or appreciate having a record of each counselling session to look back on. To learn more about some of these benefits, click here.
There are also some possible drawbacks. For example, in Writing and Health: Some Practical Advice, researcher James Pennebaker warns, “Many people report that after writing, they sometimes feel somewhat sad or depressed. Like seeing a sad movie, this typically goes away in a couple of hours. If you find that you are getting extremely upset about a writing topic, simply stop writing or change topics.” Similar to therapy in general, it’s not always easy and can sometimes bring up negative emotions. But it can also be very rewarding.
Please note that while the benefits of online counselling make it a perfect fit for many people, it is not suitable for everyone. For example, if you are feeling suicidal or experiencing severe depression, you would be better served by face-to-face counselling or other crisis resources. If this describes your current situation, or to learn more about when online therapy may not be appropriate, please click here.
If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to talk to me about, please do feel free to phone or write to me (click here for contact info).
The support and convenience of online therapy may help you find ways to overcome depression, anxiety, or other life challenges. Whenever you’re ready, click here to begin counselling and write to me – anytime of day or night.
I look forward to hearing from you!