The idea of offering counselling through live online video was first brought to me by a friend living in a remote part of Asia. She herself was looking for a new therapist and was unable to find one anywhere near where she lives. She said that a number of her friends had found themselves in similar situations and concluded that the best possible option for her would be to talk to someone online.
There is a growing trend among therapists to offer online sessions to meet the needs of our busy, modern society. Similarly, the NHS in the UK offers online therapy in the form of both a messaging service and through video sessions. It gives people more options and flexibility around speaking to a therapist.
I now offer online counselling via Skype. Each session, as with face to face therapy, lasts 50 minutes and costs USD50. Payment can be made using Paypal up to 24 hours before each session.
If you feel online counselling may be for you, get in touch to arrange a free initial consultation.
I do not believe online therapy is a suitable form of therapy for everyone. Each online client will be carefully assessed, free of charge, before beginning any treatment. I strongly believe in working in an ethical way and will not take on any clients for online sessions if I do not feel it will be beneficial to them.
Online Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions
One of my main goals as a therapist working today is to remove any perceived secrecy around the process of psychotherapy. This in turn will hopefully help to end any remaining stigma attached to seeking help from a mental health professional. Because of this, I truly welcome any questions you may have about psychotherapy and will do my best to clear up any issues or uncertainty you have around it.
I have answered below some of the more practical questions that I get asked:
How long is each session and how much does it cost?
The initial consultation lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is free of charge.
Each subsequent therapy session lasts 50 minutes and costs USD50.
How often do I have to attend?
Clients attend one session per week. Each session will take place at the same time each week.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you will be unable to make a session, please let me know as soon as possible. I require 48 hours notice to cancel an online session without charge.
What computer and Internet connection do I need?
You can use any computer capable of running Skype. You can download Skype for free by visiting Skype.com. You will need a functioning microphone, webcam and a good broadband.
Can you tell me a bit about the structure of the sessions?
I work in a non-directive way. This essentially means that I let the client lead the session. I value the importance and significance of the unconscious and believe that everything that happens in each session is relevant. This is also true of the relationship that develops between the client and the therapist; it is important and crucial to effective therapy.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
The first appointment is a chance for you to discuss what you hope to get out of online therapy and to ask me any questions you may have, whether that is about my approach specifically or general questions about the therapeutic process. During this consultation you can expect me to ask you specific questions about your background, your current situation and anything else that may be relevant to the work we can do together. It is not a therapy session and so the format will feel different to any subsequent sessions. The appointment can last from 30 to 45 minutes and is free of charge. There is no obligation to continue with a course of therapy after this initial consultation.
How long will I have to attend therapy for?
This is a very open ended question and one that really is impossible to answer. Some people come to therapy with a very specific goal in mind or to work on a particular issue and wish to solely work towards that. While this is something I can help with, the psychotherapy that I practice looks to get to the root of problems and issues and gain a fuller understanding of the person as a whole and so the length of the process cannot realistically be predicted.
To give an example- someone who is recently bereaved and needs a place to come to offload and process how they are feeling may only wish to come for a limited number of sessions. Someone who suffers with long term anxiety or depression may need more extensive and in-depth psychotherapy to properly address their issues. This will be discussed at the initial consultation.
To begin with, I ask each client to agree to a minimum of 6 sessions. This commitment only has to be made after the initial consultation if you decide you wish to proceed. 6 sessions should allow both of us to get a sense of our ability to collaborate and work together on a more ongoing basis.
Your name is Aoife, that’s unusual… how do you pronounce it?
My name is Aoife and to most people outside of my native Ireland it certainly is unusual. It is pronounced E-E-F-A-H. I tell people it’s just like Eva with an ‘f’ instead of a ‘v’, or Fifa without the first ‘f’.
Get In Touch
I am currently working in Central & North London. Please feel free to contact me on +44 75 94 936 260 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk to me directly or have any questions that have not been answered on this site.