Whilst coronavirus guidance is still in place, I’m not offering face-to-face sessions but I’m offering the benefits of counselling by phone. I plan to offer earlier and later sessions than usual, and potentially sessions on Saturdays. Click here to see availability and book a session.

I have a lot of experience of working remotely, starting as a Samaritan volunteer about 20 years ago. I know that some clients are initially doubtful. but people usually find it better than they expect, and some find they actually prefer remote sessions. Here are some points to consider when deciding if you’d like to try this way of counselling.

Phone can be very convenient, eg if you have a caring role, if travel time would make face-to-face sessions awkward, if you sometimes work away, or if physical or mental health issues make it hard to leave home.

Some clients appreciate the privacy, anonymity and simplicity of phone sessions.

You will need to think about how to have a private space for sessions, and how to keep communications and any information on your phone confidential.

As I would in face to face counselling, I’ll explain my ways of working (for example, around confidentiality and cancellations) at the start of our first session. After the first session, you’re free to take time to reflect on it, and whether you want to book another session.