For online counselling, the therapist and the client use a device with a microphone and a webcam. This can be a computer, iPad or tablet, and even a modern smartphone, and a pair of earbuds or headsets.
In the photo (client name was removed), you can see the secure video conferencing system used at La Ronge Counselling and the larger STG Group of practices. It is so easy to use that you do not need any experience with online meetings to get started.
There are many benefits to online counselling versus traditional in-office sessions. Below are some of the benefits that clients have mentioned.
Because you can access your session from anywhere in the province, you can enjoy a high-quality session from the privacy of your home or wherever you choose. Our platform is secure with peer-to-peer encryption, so all your confidential records are safe. Since you do not have to visit the session in person at a public building, complete discretion is assured, especially when you do not want other people to know you are attending counselling.
Since you are attending the appointment from wherever you are, you can set the place up to make your session as comfortable as possible. The right temperature, a comfortable chair, lights, your own tea or favourite drink, and maybe even a blanket or your pet help you attend the session with the right amount of therapeutic support to feel good. When you feel comfortable in your session, the personalized experience will help you focus and feel relaxed.
Seeing your therapist online is super convenient as it eliminates travel time. You might also easily fit your session in between other commitments. In addition, since your therapist is in private practice, you can also schedule your appointment during the evening or weekend.
Since you are using a webcam with a microphone, you and your therapist can see each other. This is essential for reading body language and visual cues.
Numerous research studies have demonstrated that Internet-based delivery of mental health services can be as effective as traditional face-to-face treatment. Your therapist has access to a library of resources (videos, visuals, sheets) that can easily be shared on your screen. This further personalizes your counselling experience.
I strongly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. I will see you (and your child) at no charge to make sure we are a good fit for each other. Every therapist works in their own unique way so I want you to be certain you feel comfortable with the way I work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure with no “hard sell” at the end.