Telephone or skype counselling.
I offer early morning telephone sessions starting times from 07.30 to 09.30 but other times are also available.
Shorter 30 minute session costs £27
Normal 50 minute sessions cost £40
Many Employer Assistance Programs (EAPs) use this form of counselling and as much can be achieved over the phone as by working face-to-face.
Advantages of telephone counselling
Some people find the relative anonymity of talking on the telephone helps them to speak more openly and with less anxiety or embarrassment. It can also be easier to fit into a busy schedule, as sessions can be arranged before work or even during lunch breaks with the shorter 30 minute sessions. Before becoming a counsellor, I worked on a telephone helpline and have had taken part in training courses run by the Telephone Helpline Partnership.
Skype is another alternative, especially for clients who find telephone work difficult and like to see the counsellor's face. A slight disadvantage is that there can be a short delay between speaking and hearing, or background feedback noise, and this can be off putting for some people.
Telephone counselling is covered by the BACP Code of Ethics (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework), and liability insurance, and the details are outlined in our Counselling Contract, which has been designed to protect you as a client.