Online therapy or counselling is suitable for everyone who wants to overcome life obstacles and/or improve their well-being, balance and happiness. Each individual is different in their own singularity. As such, I will work alongside with you to find the best answer for yourself. This type of consultation is especially suitable for expats, students and people with physical or psychological mobility issues.
Does Online Therapy work to the same degree as face-to-face Therapy?
Several scientific studies corroborate the effectiveness of online psychological
counselling as similar to that obtained in face-to-face therapy (for more information,
see some links below).
Online consultation is linked to a greater flexibility, regarding schedules and
geographic location, greater convenience and less stress before and after consultation
(e.g., no commute, therapy sessions can be held in diverse locations and in the comfort of your home). Some disadvantages include the lesser perception of the client's body language and the possibility that it will be more difficult for the client to find a place with privacy where he can speak openly without being heard by third parties.
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How does it work?
Sessions are carried out via Skype. Each session lasts approximately 1 hour. The length
of the psychological counselling depends on the issue you bring to therapy. You can
decide to interrupt the therapy at any point.
In order to have online therapy you will need a computer, tablet or mobile phone with
a good camera and microphone, internet and a private place where you feel safe and
comfortable during one hour. To help your online session to go as smoothly as
possible, I recommend that you test the camera and microphone before the session
begins. Please place the camera at face level a few moments before each consultation.
Disclaimer: Online sessions are not intended for people with less than 18 years of age.
Online consultation is not meant for people with certain problems or conditions (such as suicidal and/or homicidal intentions, psychotic patients and in situations of sexual abuse or pedophilia).
If so, please contact your medical doctor or Hospital.
Confidentiality: Every information provided, including the existence of the counselling itself, is confidential and private and will not be shared with any outside parties. No information will be revealed without the client's permission. All psychological work carried out is guided by ethical principles, defined and presented in the Code of Ethics of the Portuguese Psychologists Order (OPP).
Confidentiality can be broken if an immediate situation of danger is considered to exist for the client or for thirds parties, which could seriously threaten their physical or psychological integrity - danger to life, danger of significant damage, or any form of mistreatment of minors or particularly defenceless adults, due to age, disability, illness or other vulnerable conditions.