SKYPE counselling uk

SKYPE Counselling UK and therapy.

Update : (28/2/18)  – Counselling Services Nottingham now work online with additional online platforms alongside SKYPE, this offer increased reliability and we have found them to be preferred by many of our clients, we are still happy to use SKYPE when clients prefer.

SKYPE Counselling UK.

At Counselling Services Nottingham we are finding SKYPE Counselling is an option that more and more clients are making use of, either as the only source of our work together or in combination with face 2 face sessions. It offers convenience and a more economical option than face 2 face work.

See our SKYPE Page for details and an interview with therapist Andrew Harvey on the BBC.

SKYPE Counselling  UK available Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm , subject to availability. Urgent appointments can sometimes be arranged. Please call for more details 07802 767 462

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A guide to therapy using Skype™

SKYPE therapy and Counselling

SKYPE therapy is another way I work with clients via SKYPE offering 50-minute sessions. SKYPE counselling has both opportunities and challenges as outlined below and in my interview with the BBC available to listen to below.

Here is an interview that I did with a colleague on the BBC talking about SKPE therapy and counselling.

A guide to therapy using Skype™

Skype therapy is becoming increasingly popular, it even has its own name now “Skypotherapy”!

SKYPE Therapy

By Andrew Harvey,  MBACP, Cert Men Hlth Stud (Open).

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March 2014

What is it?

Psychotherapy, counselling and therapy are terms that are often used interchangeably. For this guide I will use the terms in the same way. The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) definition of counselling is:

“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing”. BACP

If you don’t already have Skype™ then here is a link to all you need to know to get started using it

Traditionally clients have met with a counsellor face to face together in a counselling room. Skype™ counselling moves from counsellor and client being together in a room to being connected via Skype™, counsellor located in their place of work and client wherever works for them, usually at home.

Why people might chose Skype™ counselling over face to face counselling.

  • It’s often cheaper; many counsellors offer rates £10 or £5 below their face to face rate.
  • It saves clients time, no travel to and from the counselling location.
  • If  you are away from home from time to time, you don’t have to miss your session, just plug in, log on and connect.
  • Some people feel more comfortable working with a therapist who is not local to them, no chance of bumping into them at the post office!
  • Sometimes therapists who work with Skype™ can offer greater flexibility in terms of session times, ideal for people with busy lives and shift workers.
  • Many counsellors who use Skype™ offer a free brief consultation; this gives clients the chance to connect with 2 or 3 therapists easily to see who they can work with best.
  • For some leaving home might be difficult, emotional or physical challenges might make it difficult to leave home. If leaving home is difficult part of the Skype™ therapy work might be working towards being able to meet face to face.
  • Some clients may find it is easier to be open and more comfortable talking over Skype™ as opposed to face to face. Some research has shown that counselling via Skype™ can help people feel less inhibited and more forthright during their sessions.
  • Greater choice, when you remove the limitation of travel many more possibilities become available to clients.

Challenges / Potential issues AND CAUTION!

  • Isolation can become an issue for some when dealing with emotional difficulties. Here Skype™ therapy can offer a real opportunity for someone that is finding it difficult to go out. However it is important to maybe discuss with your therapist about your use of Skype™ therapy over face to face counselling.
  • Confidentiality: ensure you are in a confidential setting for your sessions; you want to feel free to talk and be open.
  • Technology can, and occasionally will, fail us. Most counsellors will agree with you what to do if you can’t make contact via Skype™ or if the connection fails.
  • Skype™  is not appropriate for clients who are experiencing profound mental health issues and/or clients who are suicidal. If you or someone you know is in crisis a GP or local hospital will be able to help. Help can be found on my links page here Links .
  • If  at any time you feel uncomfortable working with your counsellor or Skype™ therapy I would encourage you to talk to them; remember you are in charge. You may find that Skype™ therapy is not for you, if that’s the case, and you are able I would encourage you to try face to face work as you may find this more appropriate for you and any challenges you may still be struggling with.

How can I “do” Skype™ counselling?

  • You will need a Skype™ connection, you can download the Skype™ application for free, and this will guide you how to set up and even shows you how to make a test call. You will need a good connection, sound and picture for  Skype™ to work at its best.
  • First, find a therapist who provides Skype™ therapy who you might like to make contact with; initial contact might be via the phone and/or email. They will guide you from there. A good place to find an insured and qualified therapist is via this website The author would recommend only working with a member of a reputable counselling organisation, for example, the BACP has members register you can check here
  • Most sessions last 50 minutes or an hour, people often work with therapists once a week. You should have a contract, this might include issues relating to confidentiality, payment, how long, how often and when you will make contact with each other.

Author: Andrew Harvey

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Declaration of interest: The author of this article is a BACP registered therapist and listed on the It’s Good To Talk Website, he provides SKYPE (and other online applications) and face to face counselling.


SKYPE Therapy UK talked about on BBC Radio Nottingham

SKYPE therapy UK a service offered by Counselling Services Nottingham is the subject of a BBC Radio Nottingham interview.

Counselling Services Nottingham’s Andrew Harvey will be on the show (or already has been if your reading this after March the 11th 2014) around mid-morning. Andrew will be (or was ) talking about SKYPE counselling, the benefits, possible issues and the safest way to go about it. Counselling services Nottingham provides SKYPE counselling nationally to clients providing 30 Minute, 1 Hour and 75 Minute sessions. For more information click the SKPE link.

Andrew is delighted to be asked to be on the Radio talking about SKYPE therapy as he is passionate about extending therapy to people who might find it difficult to take part in traditional face 2 face therapy. As a  Samaritan Andrew discovered the power of the telephone and feels that SKYPE is akin to this method of communicating and relating.

If you would like to find out more about SKYPE therapy UK and SKYPE Counselling please click on the SKYPE page of the website.  Andrew offers SKYPE Counselling to clients throughout the UK and can offer sessions ranging from 30 minutes to 75 minutes, depending on clients needs and wants.

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Updated: 1/3/18 – Counselling Services Nottingham now offers clients additional online platforms for online therapy sessions. Some clients prefer to continue to use SKYPE, however we are able to offer additional options.