Whether we're connecting by phone or via a virtual counselling room, your privacy and experience are my top priority. There are many benefits to online therapy sessions that will allow you to invest in your mental wellbeing with flexibility and confidence.
What to Expect
Online and telephone sessions allow me to provide the same excellent support and service that you would receive in-person without having to experience the stress of travelling to and from my office, while also being able to remain completely comfortable in your surroundings.
Online and phone sessions are a little different from in-person, here are some tips on how to prepare and what to expect:
Generally online sessions are improved by finding a private space and leaving a little time before and after session to allow yourself to transition in and out of the experience.
If meeting online, when possible have your computer on a table or solid surface rather than your lap (to reduce video shake) and use headphones if you have them.
Take a moment to consider what you wish to address and what you would like to take away from the session.
For online sessions, you will receive a link to check-in to my ‘virtual waiting room’. The call will begin at our scheduled appointment time.
How to Book?
I'm looking forward to connecting virtually!
Why Virtual Counselling?
Online therapy can take less time away from the office or your workday. No need to travel or worry about traffic to meet me. I'll call you or meet you in a secure virtual meeting space; the session can happen wherever you are comfortable.
Psychotherapy works in part because therapy ensure that clients have a safe, private space to share deeply personal and sometimes difficult stories, thoughts or emotions. What happens and is said in a therapy office stays there, with the exception of a few situations. The same applies in virtual sessions. The Doxy telemedicine platform offers security and ease of use. All data is encrypted, your sessions are anonymous, and none of your information is stored. The platform adheres to PHIPA and PIPEDA data privacy requirements.
Often more comfortable
More people are using email, webinars and text messaging to communicate, and it can seem more comfortable or easier than talking to someone in person, especially when revealing personal or private information.
Telepsychology, be it by phone, webcam, email, or text message, has been around in one form or another for more than 20 years and numerous studies report on its effectiveness.
Researchers have found that individuals who used video counselling reported high levels of satisfaction, and had similar satisfaction and clinical outcomes to individuals accessing in-person counselling (Richardson et al. 2009)
Access for all
In some rural communities, the nearest therapy offering may be an hour or two drive away. Some people with chronic illnesses or disabilities may not be able to drive or easily able to leave their home. In these situations, Web- or telephone-based therapy may be their only option for help.