Sometimes it can be really hard to find the time.
What is email counselling?
Counselling by email is a great way to receive counselling when you have a very busy life – perhaps you travel a lot, you work awkward shifts, or family life is very demanding and makes it difficult to carve out time every week. Maybe you find it easier to express yourself by writing rather than talking. Email counselling means that you may email me in the week, at any time, as many times as you like. We will regularly review if email counselling is appropriate for your needs, and of course you can always switch to video counselling if you choose.
How does it work?
Writing things out can be extremely therapeutic and beneficial, and often people can feel a sense of relief and catharsis after composing and sending an email. We will agree beforehand a method and time of payment; once payment has been received, you may then email me as many times as you wish during the week. I will carefully read your emails, and once a week at an appointed time, I will spend an hour composing a thoughtful, therapeutic response to what you have written in the week. I will offer support, ask questions, and/or validate what you have expressed in a way that is nonjudgemental and caring. I will not contact you at any other time in the week, with the exception of if I feel you may be at serious risk of serious harm to yourself or someone else, or if I am otherwise legally obligated (more details about these circumstances can be found in my counselling agreement).
What am I paying for?
Email counselling means that you can keep a written record of everything that is communicated between us, and you can reread them any time you wish, even once you are no longer receiving counselling. Some clients find it very valuable to read over old therapeutic emails to see how far they’ve come. Counselling by email also allows for you to write emails in the privacy of your own home, at your own convenience. It can give you time to think about what you would like to say.
It allows for more time to read and process the therapeutic responses, so that you may perhaps feel less pressured to respond to something right away.
You can also expect a careful, thoughtful, and nonjudgemental response at a time that has been arranged between us. I am trained in online counselling work, and can respond in a caring and therapeutic way to whatever it is that weighs on your mind. I can offer some initial prompts or questions to get started if that is something you feel may benefit you.
If you think email counselling might be right for you, please get in touch to discuss it!
Lauren is a kind, caring counsellor. She helped me to learn to cope with my anxiety and to get to grips with what I’d been through.