Counselling by phone can serve as an easier choice for people who cannot use the computer for this purpose. Perhaps they are not comfortable with, or don’t have access to, computers or other technologies. Check out this two and half minute video showing an accessible telephone counselling program, designed for stressed and busy parents who have children with mild to moderate mental health and behavioural challenges.
Payment can be sent as soon as the session is scheduled. After the fee is paid, the client is responsible for calling Rainstorm Counselling & Consulting (RSCC) at the scheduled time, and it is treated just like a regular counselling session.
Phone counselling works best with land-lines or with cell phones where there is good reception. Internet phone service (VoIP), dropped calls, poor voice quality or reception that cuts in and out will obviously have a negative effect on your counselling experience.
To maximize your phone counselling experience, please ensure that you place yourself in a quiet, private space with no distractions. Being interrupted by others often interferes with people’s ability to open up in a session. It can also be distracting and compromise your confidentiality. Avoiding computer use and turning off any other devices also ensures you get the most out of telephone counselling.
Rainstorm Counselling & Consulting uses a platform called Talky to offer video counselling.
Talky offers two key advantages over Skype: increased confidentiality, and easier to use. No sign up is required, you don’t need to remember any passwords, so no information about you is stored. (Except your computers IP address which is then destroyed away after seven days.) You also don’t sign any agreements giving them the right to view content should they feel the need.
First we set a date, and then you send payment. Then, I send you our unique web address which serves as our “room” (in Talky speak) for our session. Just meet me in the room (ie. go to that address) at our scheduled time! I will see you there! Easy right?
Similar to telephone counselling, please make sure that you have access to a quiet, private space with no distractions. Being interrupted by others often interferes with people’s ability to open up in a session. It can also be distracting and compromise your confidentiality. Also similar to over the phone, technological difficulties can get in the way. Poor voice or picture quality can impact your experience negatively.
A headset with a microphone is strongly suggested, in order for us to hear each other better. Even a cheap pair of earbuds with a microphone works well. This also can help with confidentiality if there are other people in the next room. Please be aware that setting up a video counselling session is like inviting me into your home. Be aware of lighting issues and what I can see behind you.
Taking the Next Step
Feeling more confident about taking the next step in choosing the right counsellor? Contact Kirsten with your questions or to book an appointment.