Many know that as well as a writer I am also a psychotherapist. I am planning to open up a few therapy slots to folk via email.
I am an experienced psychotherapist with many years of working with clients via the medium of writing. Would it be of interest? Details below on how it works in practice and its advantages
“I do find it therapeutic, writing about stuff that was frightening and painful as a child, and managing to see it from an adult’s point of view. To get it out of the closet, on to paper… is therapeutic.” Julie Walters
If you prefer writing as a medium and a tool for self-expression then email/writing therapy would be a good option for you. It is just like writing letters through engaging in a meaningful therapeutic relationship and communication in order to express, connect, process and heal.
Therapy via writing/email is a way of obtaining help from a professional therapist without leaving your home. It is convenient and flexible in terms of time and location. Therapy sessions take place in writing via email exchanges. Online psychotherapy can work either short-term or in an open-ended way, i.e. longer term.
Email counselling can offer you many advantages:
– allows you to write an email in the privacy of your own home or in a safe and quiet private space of your choice
– works very well for most issues either in a short-term exchange or for longer-term, on-going work
– it can be a one-off exchange to explore a particular issue or a series of emails to get deeper level of understanding of yourself
– it can give you time to think what you wish to convey and reflect on your feelings and experiences
– writing thoughts and feelings down and being able to reflect on them can be very therapeutic
– time-saving, as there are no geographical restrictions or travelling time
– you can engage in sessions at any time and anywhere suitable for you therapeutically
– writing counselling is an effective, confidential and convenient alternative to face to face (f2f) sessions
– allows time to reflect on therapeutic response
– you have a written record of email sessions, which you could refer to whenever you need to
– writing can help release some painful thoughts and emotions simply through putting things down on paper. It can be really healing and even cathartic
– it can feel really supportive to know that someone is going to spend time reading and responding to your thoughts and feelings
– offers a safe and trusting space to express yourself without having to engage in face-to-face interaction or commit to travel time
In my Email counselling sessions I will provide you with:
– a safe virtual place where you can express and I can listen
– acknowledgement and reassurance of your thoughts, feelings and experiences
– empathy, support and unconditional regard
– validation, understanding and insight
– just as in my face-to-face sessions I work with the whole person rather than symptoms in isolation. Your well-being is my main priority. Please visit the rest of my website for more information on how I work.
How Email Counselling Works
Once we agree to work together email exchange takes place with one email a week equivalent to a weekly session:
– you write and send your email to me in your own time and I will respond within a certain time period (agreed between us) and let you know when to expect an email from me
– I will spend at least one hour on my therapeutic response. This time period can be an indicator of how long your email to me should be. Think of it as a face-to-face session, e.g. that lasts for an hour. This will have the same set up in terms of engagement and time spent.
– I will send my therapeutic emails via an encrypted email account, such as Hushmail to ensure your privacy remains intact. This is downloadable at http://www.hushmail.com should you wish to choose this form of contact, which I recommend. If you choose to use Hushmail as well, there is an extra level of security.