What is Skype Counselling?
Skype Counselling allows for greater flexibility in scheduling sessions and are particularly beneficial for individuals who:
• Don’t have access to a therapist nearby
• Don’t have time to travel to and from a therapist’s office
• Travel extensively for work
• Are looking for a less expensive alternative to conventional forms of therapy
How to set up a Skype Counselling session
Millions of people around the world connect with each other via Skype. Ensure you have Skype properly configured on your device (www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype). To set up a counselling session via Skype, merely complete the contact form requesting this option and I will get back to you with time and payment details. You will be required to read and sign a Client Contract Form which I will email to you. These sessions are not claimable from your medical aid.
Not all psychological concerns are suited to this form of counselling. For example: If you suffer from a serious mental health disorder such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder (manic-depression), PTSD, personality disorder, or dissociation. These disorders require local face to face assessment and treatment. This site does not provide assessment, diagnosis or treatment of psychiatric conditions.
Some ethical considerations about Skype Counselling
■Online counselling is not intensive psychotherapy and is not intended to substitute for mental health therapy.
■This site is not able to respond to crises such as child protection, trauma, domestic violence or sexual assault [LifeLine: 086 132 2322; SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Suicide Line: 0800 567 5667; www.sadag.co.za)
■This site is unable to respond to your needs if you feel suicidal or homicidal [LifeLine: 086 132 2322 or Suicide Line: 0800 567567]
■In situations where trauma has occurred, a full psychological assessment or intensive therapy is needed. At times of a mental health crisis, you need face to face crisis intervention with a local mental health professional. If you feel distressed to the point of harming yourself or others, you need to tell someone right away. Contact your local crisis line, family doctor or hospital emergency department immediately [LifeLine: 086 132 2322; SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Suicide Line: 0800 567 567; www.sadag.co.za].