What is E-Counselling?

E-Counselling, also known as online therapy or teletherapy, is a flexible, convenient form of psychotherapy that is conducted remotely using digital technology. This service from MindRight Counselling in Vancouver provides clients access to therapeutic services through their computer, tablet, or smartphone, making it an ideal choice for those with busy schedules, mobility issues, or those living in remote areas.

E-Counselling aims to offer the same level of support and confidentiality as traditional face-to-face therapy, but with the added benefits of convenience and accessibility. You can engage in therapy from the comfort of your home, office, or any private space.

Types of E-Counselling Services in Vancouver

At our Vancouver practice, we offer a variety of e-counselling services tailored to meet individual needs, including:

  • Video Counselling: This involves real-time face-to-face sessions with a therapist using secure video conferencing software.
  • Email Counselling: Therapist and client communicate through a series of emails, allowing for thoughtful responses and flexible scheduling.
  • Telephone Counselling: Sessions are conducted over the phone, providing a voice-to-voice connection without the need for video.

E-Counselling Techniques

E-Counselling techniques mirror those used in traditional therapy but are adapted to the online format. These techniques include cognitive behavioural therapy, existential psychotherapy, and more. Our Vancouver therapists use methods such as:

  • Identifying negative thoughts: Therapists help clients recognize and replace negative thought patterns with more objective, realistic ones.
  • Goal-setting: Therapists assist clients in setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals.
  • Problem-solving: Clients are guided through identifying problems, generating solutions, evaluating each solution, choosing one, and implementing it.
  • Self-monitoring: Also known as diary work, clients track behaviours, symptoms or experiences and share them with the therapist during e-counselling sessions.

Benefits of E-Counselling in Vancouver

E-Counselling provides a host of benefits, making therapy accessible and convenient for individuals in Vancouver and beyond:

It offers the flexibility to engage in therapy from the comfort of your own space. It eliminates travel time and costs, making it a time-efficient solution. It’s ideal for those living in remote areas where access to traditional therapy may be limited. It provides a degree of anonymity that can help reduce the stigma associated with seeking therapy. It allows for flexible scheduling, with many therapists offering sessions outside of typical office hours. Sessions can be recorded for future reference, with the client’s consent.

What to Expect at Your First E-Counselling Session in Vancouver

At MindRight Counselling in Vancouver, our experienced e-counselling therapists ensure you feel comfortable and secure in your virtual sessions. Here is what you can expect during your first online therapy session:

Your therapist will ask about your current emotional and psychological state, along with any specific issues you are facing. The process of e-counselling, including confidentiality, therapy costs, session duration, and recommended number of sessions will be discussed. You’ll discuss your therapy goals and what you hope to achieve from the sessions.

Finding an e-counsellor that fits your needs can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Our Vancouver-based team of experienced therapists at MindRight Counselling is ready to assist you in your journey. Contact us at (604) 369-3890 to learn more about our e-counselling services or to book an appointment.