Covid-19 Measures: Change Therapies is dedicated to helping the global effort in fighting the coronavirus epidemic. We have adopted strict measures and best practice guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our clients and partners. As such, we are now offering a number of our services such as online counselling through online video and voice calls, or via the phone.
Technology is always moving at a fast pace, the way we connect with each other has also changed. Since 2011 I have been helping individuals globally via online counselling.
Ever since a client of mine asked me do I provide online counselling, I replied no but we can try it. That was back in 2011 and I haven’t looked back since. With the advent of new videoconferencing technology, I was able to provide on-demand remote therapy for people who needed my help, but were otherwise not able to visit me in person. Over the last nine years I have provided telehealth and consultations/phone consultation to clients from over 25 countries including UK, USA, Canada, Middle East, Europe, Africa and India.
In 2020, forty percent of my clients are now receiving counselling, coaching and couple therapy through this method. One of the main reasons for this shift is convenience for both parties. There is no need to travel anywhere apart from finding a private and confidential space in your location.
Some of the advantages of online counselling:
- No need to fight the traffic and then look for a parking space.
- You can have therapy regardless of your location, if you are traveling then as long as you have WIFI you can continue your session.
- Clients generally feel more relaxed when having counselling from their own location.
- If you are disabled or house bound.
- As technology is rapidly changing it has made it much more easier to be able receive counselling via more than just one platform, for example, Skype, Zoom, Facetime and many others. Most platforms that provide this service are free and secure.
- There is a growing demand for tele-psychotherapy and online therapy – I have found that more and more clients are choosing online methods to engage with their therapist, online therapy is just one of the growing trends.
- Living in the UAE poses certain challenges; we are all going to repatriate back to our home country sooner or later. The stress and inconvenience of changing your trusted psychotherapist can be quite challenging to overcome. Thankfully this is a problem of the past, as I regularly provide therapy to many of my clients who have either moved back home, or have gone off to new and exciting places around the world.
- Sometimes people who desperately need my help are simply too embarrassed to reach out to professional psychotherapist, as it is their first-time seeking assistance for emotional support. Some of my regular clients admit to being dissuaded from reaching out for help due to the stigma surrounding therapy – and reaching out to me through online channels seemed like a much easier option at the start of their journey to recovery.
Like any emerging area of practice in the psychological therapies, the development of counselling and psychotherapy provision online require clear, research-based evidence regarding its effectiveness and good practice to ensure that clients are protected. In recent years there has been mounting evidence for the efficacy of online counselling.
Alongside online counselling I have also introduced telephonic counselling which is mainly used for short-term and solution focused counselling. Over the last two years I have received more and more referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) asking to provide telephonic counselling, again this is on the rise. I have provided counselling services to professionals in high-stress work environments from around the world, and work-related problems may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional well-being.
What kind of issues can be addressed via online counselling?
Most personal issues can be addressed via online therapy, many will find it is equally as effective as in-person therapy. Using tele-psychotherapy and online therapy over the years I have helped hundreds of clients with problems that include, but are not limited to the following:
- Self-confidence issues
- Relationship issues and couples therapy
- Panic Attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Substance abuse
How to get started with online counselling
- Send an email or call requesting online therapy.
- I will reply with instructions regarding time and date, you will also be provided with my Skype, Zoom or Facetime ID.
- Make payment.
- You are ready for online counselling.
Please reach out to discuss your concerns or if you are considering online counselling.