Online Therapist Adrian
My name is Adrian Yates since I finished my training as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist fifteen years ago before becoming an online therapist. I use the terms like an online psychotherapist or online therapist to describe my method of delivering the therapy service.
There is no difference between a therapist working offline other than the different method of interaction. A counsellor providing therapy over the internet is usually called an online counsellor. So clients can talk to a therapist online instead of going in person.
Evidently, there are differences between face to face and online therapy sessions. Still, the actual approaches used by the therapist working online are usually the same for people looking to talk to a therapist online.
Establishing a private online therapy practice
I was volunteering for local charities mind and age concern throughout my training, providing counselling and hypnotherapy before finalising my training and, in time, eventually becoming an online therapist.
In April 2011. I became self-employed and establishing my online private practice. This year was the tenth anniversary, and I would like to thank everyone who trusted this service and supported this business over the years.
How I work online
I work online as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, but I also draw from other theories, such as CBT, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I provide an integrative form of psychotherapy as I tend to find what works rather than stick to any one preferred way of working.
Online therapy sessions
I have been providing online therapy sessions for ten years. I was one of the first to provide a full-time online Skype therapy service for people who need therapy. Using Skype for therapy was at the time the best option. Often referred to then as a skype therapist or skype therapy service provider.
Today the common description seems to be an online therapist. However, Skype is still my most requested option; today, I also use Vsee and Signal apps to provide therapy online.
Evolving online therapy
Technology is always improving and changing how we use the internet, and I have also had to adapt constantly. I have to evolve my online therapy service and keep up to date. Upgrading my equipment and developing new options for my clients when possible. Currently, I am looking at using what’s app. But still looking at the confidentiality issues at the moment. (to be confirmed)
An experienced online therapist
In fifteen years, I have gained a lot of experience working as a therapist, and for ten of those years working as a full-time online therapist. But what does that mean in regards to you?
The knowledge I have gained over the years working as a therapist needs to be understood in context. You, like everyone else, are unique individuals, and every experienced therapist who has gained knowledge over the years from other people’s therapy interactions needs to use that experience with great care.
It needs to be appreciated for what it is, as not having any real relevance to any new client. Trying to use my experience to understand you is flawed, as it derives from information not coming directly from you and your experiences. Hence, it is nothing more than informed speculation at best; experience has its limitations.
My online therapy ethics and ethos
I am aware of the imbalance of power between the client and therapist. And I have developed a way of working that tries to adjust the balance to the client’s benefit. The core of that is contained within my cognizance therapeutic principle. As an online therapist, I adhere to the values contained within the cognizance way of working.
At its core is fairness and respect for the client’s value as a fellow human being. I am not superior to my clients; I am not perfect, just like you. Over the years, I have learned many things from my interactions with the people I have had the privilege to have as clients.