about online sessions using skype


What is Skype?

Skype is a free software that allows you to have free calls, video conferencing and chat over the internet. If you have a computer, internet connection and a headset, you can start downloading the program and using it right away. You can also call a phone number from your computer using Skype for low cost. Fore more, please click here or check their website.

      Skype website

       Downloading Skype


About Online Sessions Using Skype


Skype counselling is a great alternatives to face-to-face counselling when you are unable or unwilling to travel to a session room. Many people now enjoy the convenience of working on themselves and getting support in their own homes and offices where they feel most comfortable.

I treat skype sessions the same way I do face-to-face sessions. Even through long distance, I believe we still share a common space or a field in some way. I strive to create a safe space in which we explore things together and try to pick up and communicate to you about subtle information that comes through the tone of your voice, the atmosphere, and the images and feelings that occur in me. If you have a webcam, we can also see each other during sessions.

You may enjoy the benefit of Skype sessions if you;

  • live in a remote place where counselling services are unaccessible, for example, if you are an English-speaking person living in Japan or other places away from home. 
  • do not feel comfortable about visiting a counsellor's office or you do not want others to know that you go see a counsellor.
  • would like to work on yourself in a place where you feel comfortable.
  • are very busy and do not have time to travel to counselling services.
  • would like to try out counselling before committing to more long-term therapy.


Skype Session Tips

The following tips may be useful to make your sessions more effective:


  • Please try to create a private space free of distractions and other people’s presence as best you can during the session times (and preferably  10 minutes or so before and after the sessions.)
  • If possible please use a head set with michrophone so that you have your hands free (speaker phone might create an echo and may not work so well).
  • It would be a good idea to have some paper, pencils and crayons, a couple of puppets, and some pillows ready. Even in Skype sessions, we can still incorporate art therapy, psychodrama using puppets, and movement work.
  • If you have phones with you or in the room, please turn them off or set it in silent mode.

     
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Note -- In Case of Emergency


Online sessions are not suitable when you are experiencing acute distress or when you recognize that you are in danger of hurting yourself and/or others. In such instances, please call an emergency number, head for a nearest hospital with A&E (Accident & Emergency) facility, or contact your GP, family doctor, or your family member as soon as possible.

Here are some emergency information for UK and Japan;

UK
Dial 999
Samaritans; Tel 008457 90 90 90 / E-mail sevice jo@samaritans.org
NHS Direct;  Tel 0845 46 47

I am unable to offer online support to those aged under 18 because of UK legislation. Please contact Childline on 0800 1111 if you are under 18 and need to talk with someone.


Japan
  • Emergency/ Ambulance; 119
  • Japan Helpline; Tel 0120-46-1997 (Toll-free)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Institution Information, Emergengy Translation Service; Tel 03-5285-8185                                                 (Weekdays :5:00PM-8:00PM, Weekends and Holidays :9:00AM-8:00PM, Languages: English/Chinese/Korean/Thai/Spanish)