Online therapy has been proven to work just as well, and in some cases better, than traditional, face-to-face therapy. Wagner, Horn and Maercker (2013) found that online therapy is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy at beating depression, and was more effective than traditional therapy at reducing depressive symptoms in the 3 months after the initial study. Indeed, it seems that people are often more willing to share difficult or sensitive information about themselves online, something known as the ‘online disinhibition effect‘.
For online therapy, I use a platform called Zoom. This software is encrypted and complies with GDPR. You can work on a laptop, or tablet, as well as on the Zoom app for Apple and Android phones. Working in this way means you can access therapy from wherever you want; however, I do ask clients to ensure they have a space where they won’t be disturbed and can talk freely, without being interrupted or over-heard.
How much does it cost?
Sessions are £45 per 1-hour session. I offer a block booking for 6 sessions at the reduced price of £243 (10% discount). Low-cost sessions are available for those on low income and are subject to availability.
The initial appointment gives you a chance to share what you’re looking for. It’s also an opportunity for us both to see whether we think we would work well together. If you don’t feel you want to continue after the initial session, I will happily suggest other therapists whom you might like to work with. Similarly, if I feel I don’t have the skills or experience to work with you, I may be able to suggest other therapists who would be more suitable.
How frequent are the sessions?
Client and therapist meet once a week, for a session which lasts one hour. Regular weekly meetings give the client time to reflect on and process the work discussed during each session.
If you think online therapy might be for you, get in touch.