Types of Therapy
Face to Face
This is when you make an appointment with a counsellor to see them in person, usually at their practice. Face-to-face sessions are one of the more popular therapy formats because they provide an opportunity for you to react to any emotions that arise there and then.
Online counselling is carried out via secure and encrypted web platforms, you’ll need a private space to have the conversation.
Use a phone, laptop, computer, or tablet if possible (and you may need to make sure that your device’s microphone and camera are working). Stabilise your device on a flat surface rather than holding it, for minimal disruption or distraction.
When you and your counsellor are both connected by video link, you’ll probably spend a few minutes checking the camera position is ok and that you can both see and hear each other.
Your counsellor will discuss how it’s going to work and should also ensure you know what to do if the connection is interrupted.
Phone counselling offers you more freedom than traditional methods of counselling, this makes counselling more accessible. Committing to a phone counselling session is a far easier than committing to seeing a counsellor in a treatment room, which generally involves travel and so much more time. This is particularly relevant for those who find it difficult to travel. In addition, phone therapy offers far greater anonymity, and people often find it easier to open up about problems without being face to face with a counsellor.
When you and your counsellor are speaking, you’ll probably spend a few minutes making sure you can hear each other and discuss how it’s going to work and should ensure you know what to do if the connection is interrupted,, you’ll need a private space to have the session
It is counselling in motion, and although it is not a fitness session, it is often more dynamic than a traditional indoor session. If you have felt stuck in therapy in the past, being physically active helps release some tensions and stimulates new thoughts and ideas. It is a metaphor for moving forward.
During a walk and talk therapy session, you lead the pace just like in a traditional counselling session. Yet the dynamic is fairly different. You and your counsellor are on the same footing, literally. Walking side by side can be much less intimidating and helps release inhibition. It can be taken as an introduction to counselling, followed up by a more formal type of therapy if you’re apprehensive about being alone in a room with a therapist looking directly at you.