The framework of therapy is constantly shifting in response to the rapidly changing contexts in which our clients live. Our personal and professional interactions are increasingly conducted online and online counselling has emerged in answer to such developments in communication. Researchers at the University of Zurich (Wagner et al, 2013) have produced results which indicate that therapy via internet is as good as face-to-face consultations and conclude that therapeutic services on the internet provide an effective addition to psychological services.
Online counselling can take place over skype, Vsee or email and provides a convenient and flexible service for clients who find it hard to make a set practice appointment. This is often the preferred method if you have to travel regularly due to work commitment, if you suffer from ill health, prefer the privacy of online work to attending a practice, find the thought of meeting a therapist in their office daunting due to difficult feelings such as shame, guilt or embarrassment or if you simply find it hard to leave their own house.