It’s a good question, why online? Since 2011 I have been working with clients via online. Originally using various different online platforms and now over the last couple of years via Zoom. For me online counselling seemed the obvious transitional move as technology progressed.
As an expat who has lived in different countries such as Canada, Qatar and the UAE, I have been able to successfully run my practice using the online platforms. Depending where I am either in the UK or Abu Dhabi I can see the client face to face or via online. In today’s world this way of interacting seems more and more acceptable.
Obviously since Covid-19 all my clients turned to online counselling which opened a whole new option for them. A certain percentage of clients who did not want to do online counselling have now found that it’s fine.
Therapy via online has now become the norm and most of my new clients ask if I can do online sessions which works for both parties. Over the last ten years I have provided online and face to face counselling for individuals and couples from over 25 countries including USA, UK, Middle East, Australia, Africa, Canada and India.
Technology has allowed people to have uninterrupted services such as therapy, regardless of where the client or therapist is located. No longer are clients or therapist restricted by location, as long as there is wifi then you are connected. Online counselling is now regarded as the way to proceed, although not everyone has yet embraced it as yet.
Some other advantages of online therapy.
- No need to leave your home.
- Clients generally feel more relaxed at home compared to visiting a practice.
- Cut down on travel.
- Some clients feel it is easier to reach out via online as you have much more choice.