Video Counselling In Vancouver
Online Counselling in Vancouver and BC
Available for the following issues:
- Anxiety, Stress, Panic, & Overwhelm
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Trauma and PTSD
- Relationship Difficulties
- Low Self-Esteem/ Confidence
- Anger Management
- Life Transitions
What Is Online Counselling?
Online counselling (sometimes called telehealth or video therapy) is a form of counselling where appointments take place using technology and the internet. This usually happens in real-time through the use of a computer, tablet, or phone, and an online video platform such as Zoom or Skype.
The US-based National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) provides a good definition of online counselling:
“the practice of professional counseling and information delivery that occurs when client and counselor are in separate or remote locations and utilize electronic means to communicate over the internet.” (NBCC, 2001, p.1)
Due to it’s remote nature, online counselling is an excellent option for anyone living in a rural location, anyone with mobility issues, or anyone who is housebound due to a variety of physical, psychological, or safety reasons.
Due to the current social distancing measures related to COVID-19, our therapists are currently only providing services via video or telephone.
Does Online Counselling Work?
Video counselling has been utilized as an efficient method of psychological support for many years, and for the majority of clients is just as effective as in-person sessions.
As with any form of therapy, there are pros and cons to online counselling. However, there are certain specific advantages of online therapy, for example:
- Research studies have found that due to the level of physical separation between client and therapist (vs. in-person), clients often feel less intimidated and more sense of autonomy – resulting in therapeutic rapport developing more easily (Rees & Stone, 2005, pp. 649-53)
- Due to the increased convenience and ability for clients to attend sessions from their home, video therapy has found to increase attendance rates and reduce no shows (Morneau Shepell, 2013)
- Online counselling increases accessibility for therapists as well, so clients often have a wider range of therapists and scheduling options to choose from.
To sum things up, video therapy has been found to provide similar levels of goal completion and client satisfaction compared to traditional in-person therapy (Richardson et al., 2009, pp. 323-338).
What Do I Need For Online Counselling?
- access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone
- a strong internet connection
- a safe and relatively private space to “meet” with your therapist online
Is Online Counselling Confidential?
At ARC we use a secure Telehealth platform that is based on the technology of Zoom Video Communications Inc. Video sessions on this platform are extremely secure and encrypted end-to-end.
To help increase confidentiality we recommend you:
- protect your computer/ tablet/ phone security
- be mindful of where you choose to have your sessions (e.g. ideally a quiet, private location)
- identify the possibility of others around you overhearing session content
Are There Any Exclusions?
Video counselling is not ethically appropriate if you are:
- actively engaging in self harming behaviours
- experiencing symptoms of psychosis
- dealing with an acute mental illness that requires urgent medical attention
If you have any questions about suitability please mention them in your request to us below.