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Skype Online Therapy

Over the years I've had many requests from people who wanted to work with me but couldn't make it to the consulting rooms due to location. Traditionally we have used the telephone but with the advent of fast broadband internet connection in most areas we are now equipped to step up to live video therapy using Skype. 

If you are looking for a therapist my primary recommendation would be to find a local therapist that you can visit in person. The immediacy of working directly in the company of another human being creates the most ideal conditions for good therapy. It's probably unwise to choose a Skype therapist just because it's more convenient. Therapy is a very important investment in yourself and it's much more important that you choose the person that feels right for you. If you can find someone locally who can tick these boxes then I'd recommend that as your first choice. 

My business remains mostly focused on my one to one work in the consulting room but I do offer a few selective slots for people who may either be unable to find a local therapist or who may have it in mind that they wish to work with me particularly and are not based locally. 

Skype itself is a pretty amazing service. I have worked recently using Skype with clients in Australia and Asia and the immediacy and clarity of the interaction has been impressive indeed. There is virtually no time lag and most sessions have been to all intents and purposes identical to being face to face. The only drawback I have noticed is that eye contact is lacking due to the fact that the camera cannot be placed in the same part of the screen as where you look. Rapport is still present though so it's not an insurmountable obstacle by any means. Skype is also FREE to use which is both surprising and very handy indeed! 

To make a Skype video call, you and the person you are calling will need:

  • The latest version of Skype for your device
  • A high-speed broadband connection
  • A high-quality or HD webcam
  • A microphone and speakers (built-in or external headset with microphone)
  • If using Windows, a DirectX 9.0c compatible video card.

See here for further details. 

I myself have a high quality fast HD web-camera with good sound giving a clear fast video and audio signal as well as a fast PC and reliable internet connection. I have had no problems this end. I cannot I'm afraid offer any technical assistance in helping you set your system up with Skype. My experience was that it was very easy. I bought the webcam, plugged it in, installed the software and it worked. I then installed Skype, created an account and when I opened up Skype it automatically found my webcam and I was ready to call! Most modern PC's and Broadband Internet services are powerful enough to run Skype. You don't have to be a geek to get it running smoothly so don't be scared off by all the technical jargon....in most cases it will probably be that easy. I would recommend however that before you rush out and buy a webcam that you check first that your PC/device is of a high enough specification to run Skype smoothly. 

If you are interested in working with me by Skype then please get in touch via email here. Session's are offered on the same basis as with one to one consulting room work. A free initial consultation is available. Here we would use Skype instead of the telephone which would also give us an opportunity to check that our video link connection works well before we commit to beginning work together. Our first session would be 1.5 hours as normal and subsequent sessions usually an hour.