Online Support

skypeIndividual, Couples and Family Therapy, Counselling, life coaching and other personal development work are all available via Video, Telephone, Email and Chat depending on your needs and practicalities.

Skype is a software application that offers free, encrypted Video calls, telephone and chat from anywhere in the world (see the video tutorials below).  This can be particularly useful for:

  • therapy in the comfort of your own home
  • occasional support in between regular weekly sessions
  • support during breaks from therapy
  • help if you are unable to leave the house
  • continued therapy whilst travelling or on holiday
  • help if you live too far away from Glasgow
  • help if you live outside Scotland
  • Help for couples and families who live apart and who can’t do face-to-face work

How it works

  1. Book your first SKYPE session using the form below.
  2. I will send you a payment link.
  3. You send your fee of £40 GBP for the Introductory Meeting.  Once payment is received I confirm your appointment
  4. We meet at the designated UK time [GMT] via Skype, with video enabled on either end
  5. Confirm further Skype prepayments and online support (See Fees Page) by using email or using this button:

online payment

Request your first SKYPE appointment or online support using this form:

  • Appointment times start at 12:00 GMT each day, Monday to Saturday, with the last available appointment starting at 19:30 GMT.  Please ensure that you make the necessary calculation for your time zone if you live outside the UK (world clock below)
  • Session fees can be found on the Fees page for people doing work online via video, with optional supplementary support time at a lower cost available in between sessions by video, chat, email or telephone.
  • Fees are payable in British Pounds Sterling (GBP) only: using Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer (or International Bank Transfer) or alternatively, Bitcoin.
  • You can also set up regular payments by bank transfer – please ask for details.
  • 12+2 offers are also available (see fees page)
  • Supplementary Support is extra support at a discounted rate that can be set up ‘just in case’ and used flexibly between weekly sessions. This extra standby support is for people seeing me weekly either face-to-face or online, who want the safeguard of additional support in place for use by Skype, email or telephone. Unused payment can be credited to a normal session.
  • Above: video tutorial for SKYPE video conference call for MAC
  • Above: video tutorial for SKYPE video conference call for WINDOWS

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  • Sessions cancelled with less than 36 hours notice or missed without notice are chargeable at the anticipated rate.  If I cancel your session with less than 36 hours notice you will be offered your session free of charge.

Full Terms and Conditions available on request

Tips for using Skype for therapy:

It’s important that your sessions via Skype are a good space for undestanding and acceptance that you look forward to each week. Making your sessions as comfortable as possible is a crucial feature of therapy that allows you to feel at ease enough to speak freely.

  1. Use a soft chair like an armchair, rather than a hard office chair and desk.  It’s important to make your environment as peaceful and comfortable as possble, and that you are in a relaxed posture during your session, much as you would in a face-to-face session.  Sitting for an hour or longer on a hard seat or in a busy environment can make sessions feel tense and be counter-productive.
  2. Try to set your camera up so that the field of view is fairly wide (at least head and shoulders but ideally head to waist)
  3. Make sure all distractions are kept to a minimum: turn off phones, alarms, doorbells, minimise ambient noise, ensure that your session isn’t going to be interrupted by anyone or overheard so that we can fully concentrate on your needs.
  4. Ensure that there is sufficient light and that your camera lens is clean so that you can be easily seen on camera and that your audio is clear and loud enough to avoid you having to raise your voice. This will make communicating easier and more relaxed.
  5. It’s helpful to keep your notebook and pen to hand in case you need it.
  6. Ensure that your Skype is working properly at least a few minutes prior to your session to avoid delays.

 

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