In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic, our changing world in how we communicate, and my ethical requirements to ensure availability and access to clients and those seeking therapeutic counselling or supervision support, I’m now able to offer video or telephone counselling/supervision sessions from the privacy of my garden therapy room.
Online sessions can be via Apple’s FaceTime, or the free app Google Duo, available to download across all platforms and PCs; both of which have end-to-end encryption.
I’m also offering telephone sessions for anyone who cannot attend a session because of illness, suspected illness, or any forced isolation measures imposed – for the client/supervisee or myself – if a preferred option to video calls, which I recognise can feel uncomfortable for some.
Security & Privacy:
If accessing a session by video or telephone call, you should remain mindful of your personal privacy in terms of your location, to ensure you or the session cannot be overheard by others. This is to maintain confidentiality, and ensures the therapeutic value of the work is not undermined, if feeling unable to trust in the safety of our connection.
I am able to practice remotely or by telephone from my garden therapy room. I take confidentiality and my ethical responsibilities very seriously, and so only use platforms that have end-to-end encryption, and I pay for additional security systems on my contact devices.
Working relationally can be a challenge when interacting and connecting by phone or video call. However, that challenge is something I am very aware of in how I practice, to ensure we are able to develop a good therapeutic relationship that is able to transfer all the support, warmth and care that therapy is formed upon.