What is Telephone Counselling?
Telephone counselling is just like face-to-face counselling but you will deal with a counsellor by phone and will not travel to meet the therapist to discuss your problems. Just like face-to-face counselling, telephone counselling is about confronting issues in such a manner that they enable you to live your life in a more resourceful manner. It is about identifying your internal strengths and taking responsibility for your own emotions and behaviour and not accepting other peoples views, ways and opinions.
Why Telephone Counselling?
Telephone counselling is convenient and can be arranged from the comfort of your own armchair. There are no travel time or travel costs with telephone counselling. 7 days a week, morning to evening availability of telephone counselling can be easier to fit in with your lifestyle. Housebound, disabled or persons living in isolated communities will find access to telephone counselling easier. If you have no ready access to a local counsellor then telephone counselling is ideal. Telephone counselling is easier to fit in with busy work or domestic schedules. If a telephone counsellor is unable to help with your specific problem, it can be easier for them to provide you with access to another specialist through a network of telephone counsellors.
What Problems does Telephone Counselling Help with?
Telephone counselling support can help a wide range of problems including:- anxiety, health, stress, divorce, emotional, phobias, illness and disability, alcohol & drug abuse, relationships, marital, work, motivation, parenting issues, redundancy & retirement, career, debt worries, depression & bereavement.
How long is a Session?
This can typically be either 30 minutes or up to 50 minute duration.
What Qualifications should Telephone Counsellors Have?
They should be fully qualified to the level of the Diploma in Counselling and all have significant post – qualification experience. They should be members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within the BACP Code of ethics or similar bodies. They should be subject to regular professional supervision and support required by the BACP code. They should also be subject to regular practice review to ensure consistent standards of service quality and ethical conduct.
If you telephone counselling is not for you you could consider face-to-face counselling. For more FAQs and more information about counselling click here
Booking and payment for telephone work
Once an initial contract for telephone work has been agreed, an arrangement will be made for the first telephone session to occur, at a pre-arranged time. I will make the call at the prearranged time, but if you are not available at that time and have not given notice of such, the fee will still be payable. Two full days notice of a cancelled session is required, otherwise the fee is payable in full, unless another mutually convenient time can be found within the following week. Payment for each session must be received in advance of the session.
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