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POPULAR ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL COUNSELLING

respond at your own pace...

What is Email Counselling?

 

An exchange of weekly therapeutic emails. 

 

We will each send a maximum of 500 words once a week.

 

I will spend the same time writing to you as if we were meeting for a fifty-minute session and encourage you to do the same. The time delay is an important difference in this option, so I therefore take 2 working days to reflect on your email prior to responding.

 

We will agree to respond to each other by a certain time and day of the week.

e.g. you send an email before 5pm each Tuesday and I reply before 5pm each Thursday

Is Email Counselling Confidential?

It is important our emails are confidential. To do this we will both use a secure email account. I will send you details on how to set this up.

Is Email Counselling Safe?

I have studied an advanced specialist course in online counselling which equips me to offer this method of working in a very safe way. To read more about my online experience and training click here.  

Why choose email counselling?

  • more time to think, due to us not meeting in ‘real time’

  • the ability to write at a time that suits you

  • no need to show your face 

  • no need to speak

  • express yourself through writing

  • more accessible

  • no travel time

  • feel more equal

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Things to Consider

  • Do you have somewhere private to read/write where you will not be disturbed?

  • Do you have enough quality time to read/write?

  • Are you able to express yourself through writing and do you enjoy communicating in this way?

  • Would you be able to cope with gaps between our communications?

How do I get Started?

 

STEP 1: Click here to complete the web form to ask to book an introductory session.

STEP 2: I will send you details on how to set up your own secure ProtonMail free email account, which you will use to send your emails to me.

 

I will also send you some paperwork for you to complete and the bank details to book your session.

STEP 3: I will then email you confirming your email session time (by which you can write your email to me; I then reply 2 working days later.

STEP 4: You send your introductory email (500 words max) – remember to write and send it through your new ProtonMail email account.

More details about the Introductory Session

Our first email session will be an introductory session. This is not a counselling email; instead it is more of a 'meet and greet'. It gives you the opportunity to get a feel for a first email from me and decide if you would like to start counselling email sessions. It also gives me a sense of what you are looking for and for me to see if I feel I can help you. It is important that you choose a counsellor you feel comfortable with so you may want to try a few before you decide. There is, therefore, no commitment at this stage.

In this email I invite you to:

  • share a little bit about any experience of counselling you may or may not have had before (good/bad experiences, how long for, were they online or in person)

  • share a little about why you have chosen to meet by email and whether you have had this type of  counselling before

  • share a little about the main issues you are facing and would like some help with

  • share what you are hoping to get from counselling

  • ask me any questions. Lots of info can be found on this website

STEP 5: I will send my therapeutic email response (2 working days later).

STEP 6: You email me to confirm if you would like to start counselling or not.

Step 7: I will then reply confirming our weekly times we will send our email exchange.