As well as face-to-face counselling, I also offer online counselling via email. Email counselling means we send email correspondence rather than meeting face to face. This can work well if you would find it difficult to make face-to-face appointments due to health difficulties, work constraints or location.
Email counselling can be used in a variety of ways depending on your needs and situation. The therapeutic process, as in the rest of my practice, is tailored to the individual. Before beginning email therapy, we discuss and agree what might work best for you and your specific situation. While email therapy is not always the best option for everyone and every circumstance, in many cases it offers a flexible and affordable option, making therapy more accessible for many people.
Therapeutic emails consist of a series of documents attached to emails between a client and therapist. Before beginning, we would email or talk on the phone about the specific requirements and agree a framework for the way we work together. We then sign a contract based on this agreement, including the payment schedule, frequency and length of emails, and timeframe for responses. Once this is complete, we begin the therapeutic email exchange.
As an integrative therapist, I use a range of modalities in my email work, as I do face to face. Email therapy also pairs well with my therapeutic writing practice, and, depending on the situation, I might suggest writing exercises to be completed between emails as a part of the therapy work.
- Single, one-off or ad-hoc therapeutic email (once discussed and framework agreed) – £40
- Course of six therapeutic emails (suggested as an example over a 4-6 week period) – £200
One of the great things about working in this way is the added flexibility. While it is important to take time to reflect between therapeutic emails, you won’t necessarily need to wait a week between ‘sessions’ as often happens in traditional face-to-face therapy; this means that the pace can vary, as appropriate, throughout the process.
I’m interested in email therapy – what should I do?
If you are interested in working in this way, please feel welcome to get in touch. I would like to invite you to send an email with a few lines explaining a little about what is bringing you to therapy at this time, as well as why email therapy seems like a good choice for you. This does not form a part of our therapeutic contract.