Online counselling offers a range of benefits over working face to face with a therapist. It overcomes a range of barriers to access that includes location and disability. It gives you access to a wider range of therapists from which you can choose. It’s the safest way to access therapy right now. And, as I highlight below under Common Questions, online counselling is every bit as effective as working face to face.
I’ve been a therapist for more than 30 years. As well as seeing clients face to face, I’ve been providing telephone counselling for 25 years, and online counselling for more than eleven. Like most therapists I’ve been providing online counselling throughout the pandemic. Unlike most therapists, this is how I normally work.
Will online counselling work for me?
Will online counselling work for you? When COVID hit, my existing face to face clients switched to working online or by telephone. Despite some having doubts, all made a successful transition.
The best way to find out if it’ll work for you is to get in touch so we can talk about the options, and how I can help. Otherwise read on to find out more about me and how I work, and how I know therapy in general, and online therapy in particular, is effective.
I work with a wide range of issues that people commonly struggle with. These include anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, relationships, self-esteem, stress, work related issues and many others. If you’re struggling with something I haven’t mentioned don’t let that stop you getting in touch – there aren’t many issues I haven’t worked with in my time.
I have a particular interest in working with people who might describe themselves as introverted. The needs of introverted children often go unrecognised, which can lead to life feeling more of a struggle that it has to be. This is an area I’ve taken both a personal and professional interest in over the past decade. So, if this describes you, I may be able to help.
I’ve spent 25 years looking into the essence of what makes therapy work. I’ve learned some important things along the way that I bring to my therapy work. I write about these themes for a professional audience, but they also inform how I work to create the best experience of therapy for every client.
The model of therapy I use is known as integrative. This brings together a range of approaches in a coherent framework. It recognises that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in therapy, and that there are benefits to clients when therapists are able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches.
Every client is unique, and I aim to create a way of working with you that is equally unique and effective for you. The question is not “does this type of therapy work?” but “is this approach working for you right now?”
The approaches that I commonly draw on include person-centred, transactional analysis, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based approaches. If these labels don’t mean much to you, you can find further detail on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website here.
Research over several decades shows that the average therapy client is better off psychologically than some 80% of people who don’t receive therapy. It also shows that therapists vary considerably in their effectiveness.
Contrary to what you may have heard there is no evidence that any one type of therapy is better than another for commonly experienced problems. Instead, it’s factors like the quality of the therapeutic relationship, a shared approach to goal setting and working together, and the effectiveness of the individual therapist that make a much bigger difference.
In practice, a lot of therapy provision suffers from high levels of drop out, and a lack of measurable progress. This is not inevitable. To help us avoid this I’ll work with you from the start to create a shared understanding of what you want to achieve, and how we’ll approach helping you get there.
We’ll also carefully monitor your progress to make sure that we’re working in a way that works best for you, and adjust our focus as needed. The process will be no longer than you really need. Most clients I work with average between 8 – 15 sessions.
I’ve been offering online counselling for more than ten years, and telephone counselling considerably longer than that. So, I know from personal experience that counselling delivered online is every bit as effective as face to face. I haven’t needed a global pandemic to confirm that.
A recent major study confirms my own experience. Comparing the outcomes of therapy delivered via videoconference and in-person, it found “few meaningful differences in intervention or assessment outcomes across remote and in-person deliveries.”
You can contact me by phone, by email, or through the contact form on this page. I’ll suggest we have an initial discussion to talk about what’s brought you in touch and what you’re looking for. This is a chance for me to learn about your concerns and how I might help, and for you to find out about me and decide whether you would feel comfortable working with me. I don’t charge for this.
There’s no obligation to take things further, and you don’t have to decide at this stage. If we agree to work together then we can arrange a further session or sessions. These are an hour in length. We’ll work together for as long as you feel you need and are getting a clear benefit than we can both measure.
Our initial discussion is free of charge. If we agree to work together after that my fee per 60 minute session is £50.
At times I am also able to offer concessionary rates, so if cost is an issue for you please let me know. I can accept payment by bank transfer and PayPal.
Hi, I'm Barry
I’ve been a therapist and coach for more than 30 years, as well as a therapy service manager. As a kid I was always taking things apart to see how they worked, and I have the same curiosity about what makes therapy work. Everything I’ve learned along the way I bring to my work now, and I also share in a blog with a professional audience. I’m as passionate now, about the power of therapy and coaching to transform lives, as I was when I started.
I live and work between the UK and Spain. With online and telephone therapy where my chair is really isn’t relevant. As many hundreds of clients who I’ve worked with over the years also know, where they are isn’t really relevant either.
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