Skype (On-Line) Therapy – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
At CBT Canary Wharf, we offer Skype (On-Line) Therapy sessions, which many of our clients find helpful, especially those who travel frequently for business.
The option to have Skype Therapy sessions when travelling abroad allows for continuity in treatment, and many of my clients value having their therapist available to them when they are outside the UK.
Skype therapy is also available to new patients/clients if you are permanently based overseas and would like regular Skype sessions from a UK based therapist. It can also be particularly helpful for those individuals who live outside of London and would find it difficult to attend weekly sessions in London.
It would be preferable to have at least one face to face session (preferably the Assessment session), however I understand that this is not always possible.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Skype (On-Line) Therapy
This is an anxiety provoking time for many of us. Since the Coronavirus outbreak, psychotherapists are having to rethink the best way to provide therapy to our clients. At this moment in time, and until the virus is contained, on-line therapy (Skype On-Line Therapy) is the safest way to provide psychological therapy to those who need it.
At CBT Canary Wharf, we are adhering to the UK government’s social distancing recommendations very rigidly.
Fortunately, cognitive-behavioural therapy can easily be provided on-line, provided both client and therapist have the necessary technology, i.e., quality webcams, microphones and both have Skype accounts.
Security of Skype to Skype calls
According to Skype, “all Skype-to-Skype voice, video, file transfers and instant messages are encrypted. This protects you from potential eavesdropping by malicious users”. You can find out more about how Skype-to-Skype calls are encrypted here.
The “new normal”
Until we are advised that the Coronavirus is contained and it is safe to resume normal day to day living, conducting on-line therapy sessions by Skype, and making other adjustments to our day to day lives is a necessity. This is to be our new normal. Life will resume to normal in a few weeks time, but until then we all need to come together and support one another.
At CBT Canary Wharf, we are ensuring that we are adhering to the BABCP’s updated guidelines for clinical practice and supervision until the social distancing ban has been lifted. We are also following the BABCP’s guidance on providing remote therapy.
In preparation for your Skype (On-line) Therapy sessions please ensure you follow these steps:
|1. Download the Skype software-this is available for iPhones as well as for computers|
|2. Set up a Skype account and buy credit (note: once you have set up an account and bought credit, Skype to Skype calls are free)|
|2. Connect a webcam to your computer (this is preferable, but not essential)|
|3. Invest in a good quality microphone so that we can both hear each other-this is worth investing in and can be found at most good computer shops|
|4. As with face to face sessions, you will need to ensure that you are somewhere where you can speak in confidence without any disruptions|
|5. Provide payment by Paypal for your Skype session at least two days prior to your scheduled session|
|6. Read and agree to our terms and conditions which we will send you after our initial phone consultation|
Pre-assessment phone call for Skype (On-line) Therapy Sessions
In order to assess your suitability for CBT, please email or phone me to arrange a brief (15 minutes) call with you (free of charge) at a time convenient to you, prior to the initial Skype assessment. This will allow me to find out more about you, and the difficulties you are experiencing.
If we agree that Skype CBT is appropriate, we will arrange a day/time for your assessment via Skype. If I think that a different type of therapy might be more beneficial to you, I will let you know.
Once the initial assessment is confirmed, I will e-mail you a copy of our terms and conditions as well as a client details form for you to complete and e-mail back to me.
The assessment session is an opportunity for you to learn more about CBT and what the treatment will involve, and will allow me to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. It is also an opportunity for us both to see whether we would like to work together.
Cost of Skype Sessions and Payment Terms
Please see my Fees page for details.
Once we have agreed on a date/time for your first Skype counselling call, I will send you a link that will allow you to pay via Paypal. If you have health insurance, you would need to check with your insurer as to whether they cover Skype Counselling (on-line therapy); some insurers may not cover therapy/counselling by Skype and you would therefore need to be prepared to fund your sessions yourself.