Lorna Patterson Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision Edinburgh and West Lothian

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Online and telephone counselling & supervision

ONLINE AND TELEPHONE COUNSELLING

Since March 2020, I have been working online by telephone and by Zoom. Once the pandemic is over and we are able to return safely to face to face work, I will continue to offer this. However, my practice will be blended to be able to continue to offer online therapy and supervision, through Zoom or telephone, as well as offering face to face sessions. As required by the BACP, I have undertaken extensive training on working remotely using these platforms. I am now Certified in working this way.

As I would do always, I will talk through your preferences with you, helping you take into account your environment and need for confidentiality and privacy, and the availability of technology. All this would be taken into account at the point of initial contact and into the Working agreement process. It is not unusual for most of us to expect to feel self-conscious online and I have found once we establish the best view setting online that the process becomes easier. Especially if we work online, I feel it's important to say that I work in an environment that is private and uninterrupted to protect your confidentiality and ensure I am free to work without disruption.

Online counselling can help with the same issues that may have been previously brought to face to face counselling. It has been my experience that some incredible work has taken place using an online platform or by telephone, with some clients describing how they feel free of inhibition and self-consciousness. It seems to be that online works well for some of us because it is more convenient, less travel time is involved, and some people are now comfortable working that way. However, I do intend to offer some face to face work, given that online remote working is not for everyone. Some people prefer to be sitting in front of their counsellor, or find that their home environment doesn't offer the space needed.

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