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Online Counselling with Compass Rose
Mental health affects everyone, and so it's important that everyone has access to services to promote and support their mental wellbeing.
Unfortunately, not everyone can commit to face to face counselling and therapy support. This can be due to time commitments such as changing shift patterns at work, or being a single parent. For some people face to face sessions can feel daunting, and they may not feel comfortable speaking to someone in that way. Cost is sometimes a factor. Whatever the reason, it's important to know that there are other options available, and you don't have to go without support simply because you can't make a session in person.
Online counselling has seen an increase in popularity over the last few years, with more and more people signing up to various platforms. Here at Compass Rose, we've come up with our own bespoke solution to online counselling, whch offers you support when you might need it most, and the choice and flexibility of how you receive that support.
Our online counselling support gives you:
daily access to a therapist via email
responses within 24 hours
a fortnightly one hour session either by telephone, Skype or instant message
Available immediately - no waiting times
The cost of support is £99.62 a month. This works out at just £22.99 a week
"Not until we are lost, do we begin to find ourselves"
Questions about online therapy
How does online counselling and therapy work?
All online counselling options with Compass Rose begin with an initial consultation to make sure you feel comfortable working with me and to establish what issues you want to work with.
After that, online counselling and therapy can consist of a mixture of:
- An in depth email session, where you will get to talk about how you're feeling and whats going on for you, and have an in depth response from your therapist.
- Check ins, which are shorter emails or messages with your therapist to help you stay on track
- Telephone, Skype or instant message sessions where you can discuss your thoughts, feelings and how things are going directly with your therapist.
Is my therapist available to contact at any point?
With our online counselling support you can check in with your therapist daily via email if you wish. Responses will come back to you within 24 hours. The fortnightly telephone, Skype or instant message communications are arranged for days that fit with your availability, but timings will need to be arranged between you and your therapist.
Is online counselling and therapy as effective as face to face counselling or therapy?
Studies have shown that online counselling and therapy can be very effective for helping people deal with a wide variety of issues, however most studies show that it is less effective than face to face counselling and therapy.
This is mostly down to not having the impact of having someone in front of you providing that human contact, being able to read tone of voice, body language or phrasing in order to fully connect with someone. Think of what it would be like for a friend to tell you by text message that they were proud of you, and then imagine them saying it face to face. The text message is still effective (and has the advantage of being around to re-read when needed) but lacks the full emotional weight of hearing it face to face.
While it isn't as effective as face to face, it is still much more effective than having no support at all. Online counselling and therapy also has the advantage of having more convenience than face to face sessions for a lot of people, the conversations are mostly available to look back on if you need to recap what was said, and it can provide more frequent support than weekly face to face sessions by being able to check in whenever needed.
How do the costs work?
The costs of online counselling and therapy are generally much less than what you would expect to pay for face to face counselling and therapy.
Sessions are priced per week, so you can clearly see how much it is going to cost you, compared to what you might pay weekly in face to face. All options are billed for a month in advance, and can be cancelled a week before the next due date
For example: Let's say you wanted to start counselling on the 14th of November. Our online counselling is £22.99 a week. This is billed as a one off payment of £99.62 for a months support, which would be payable on or by the 14th of November.
If you wanted to continue the following month you would need to make a further payment of £99.62 by the 14th of December.
If you decided not to continue, you would just let me know you wished to stop counselling by the 7th of December
I don't ask for card details or tie you into an automatic subscription that renews - you have full control over the support you receive and how long you wish to have it for.
How is your online service different from others?
I work as an integrative and humanistic therapist (you can find our more about what that means here) and that extends to our online support as well. It means I don't work on a one size fits all approach, and the support you receive will be tailored to your own needs. A lot of online counselling is CBT based, which works for some people but not for everyone. At Compass Rose we work with you to find the right balance of support for you, which includes looking at all aspects of your world, and how this impacts on your mental health.
In practice, that might look like checking in with you after an important event like an interview or social gathering to see how you feel, if that was causing anxiety for you. Or working with you to create techniques or activities that help you to manage stress better. It might be about providing psycho-education to help you understand why you feel the way you do, using neuroscience or attachment theory. It looks at the whole of you and how we work together to create change in your life.
How confidential is it?
Just like face to face counselling and therapy, online counselling and therapy is covered by a contract, which will be sent to you to read over and sign at the start. This is very similar to the face to face contract, and the rules around confidentiality are the same. Everything discussed remains confidential, unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, you disclose information about an act of terrorism or I am requested to disclose information by a court of law.
All correspondence is stored in line with data protection and GDPR regulations, and all contact is done via securely encrypted channels. It is as secure as it can be, and just as confidential as face to face counselling and therapy.
What issues can be worked with in online counselling and therapy?
Online counselling and therapy can be used to work with most of the same issues as face to face counselling and therapy. If you're looking for a list of the types of issues we work with, you'll find more information here.
For more information, or to sign up, please get in touch either by:
filling out the contact box below
dropping me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or giving me a call or sending a text to 07871 172092