Due to the spread of COVID-19, I moved a part of my practice online. Having completed the UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance, therapy sessions online are via platform called Zoom. I have chosen the online service of Zoom, for the additional encrypted security it offers, which makes it more confidential than services like Skype and FaceTime.
Just as in face-to-face psychotherapy and counselling, with online Zoom sessions, I recommend that you take some things into consideration. If you are interested in the online service, please make an initial appointment with me. During our initial appointment, you will decide whether this way of working is the most beneficial for you. Although some of you may choose to carry on the therapy online after the coronavirus epidemic, you will also have an option to have your therapy face to face at my practice at Manchester Institute Wellbeing Centre.
As with face-to-face work, privacy is extremely important. I work in a safe, private environment with no interruptions, and if Zoom sessions are to be effective, it will be necessary for you to also find a quiet and private space, with no interruptions for each online appointment, so that privacy and confidentiality can be maintained in the work. Although online Zoom sessions offer more flexibility around time and schedules, you would be expected to have the same commitment to your online therapy as you would be asked to have for any face-to-face appointments. Punctuality and commitment are just as important, when the work is happening via Zoom.
If you think that online Zoom sessions could be a good option for you, check our directory of practitioners, choose one, and then get in touch with them to arrange an appointment.
When you sign up for your initial appointment for online therapy sessions (see below):
1. I will send you a link to the appointment.
2. Please click on the link before the appointment to make sure you can access the waiting area.
3. The program will most likely ask you to install a small Zoom interface.
4. You can configure audio and video during the call (see video below).
5. At the time of your online zoom session I will admit you to the call.