People sometimes find themselves in urgent need of support or a consultation but
are not able to make an early face-to-face appointment.
Others may wish to have a consultation but - because they are abroad or travelling
or overwhelmed with family or business commitments - are only available outside normal
Where we have already worked together this generally presents no difficulty at all.
Even where this is not the case, useful work can often be done or helpful advice
can be given via Skype or e-mail or over the phone.
Skype ( video calls over the Internet ) are now a mature technology with great advantages
over the phone - particularly since the software and Skype - to - Skype calls are
Clients from far-flung places derive enormous benefit from sessions via this medium.
I use high quality but inexpensive hard-wired equipment. ( Wi-fi connections can
easily degrade through interference or bandwidth variation ). Using a combined microphone/earphone
headset gives improved sound quality and enhanced privacy if you prefer.
The software is free to download and use. Why not try it out on your friends and
relatives in distant parts ?
I will give a clear indication of the urgency with which you should come to see me
or get direct help from another therapist. Sessions will be charged as a normal
E-mail Dialogue : -
Some people find it useful to continue an e-mail dialogue when their work commitment
takes them away from regular help - or even in parallel to provide continuity between
with intermittent sessions.
Sitting down at the keyboard to express oneself can be extremely productive
( writers do it. ) Becoming used to settle into a frame of mind to do this can
provide ‘ a space to go ’ away from everyday pressure to develop a resourceful stance
- it can also help you to construct a map of a territory which you may find it very
useful to re-visit.
Literary style is not important - there isn’t much point in trying to do a cut-and-paste
job on your own realities - but the same process can release some very useful realisations.
Drawing on my extensive behavioural science background, I can also use some very
systematic exercises and data collection tools with which clients can work independently.
I then process these separately to provide feedback and steer our thinking. Going
through such processes and the joint examination of the analyses has often proved
very helpful to clients in clarifying their thoughts about challenging issues - and
considering what to do about them.