Skype Counselling

Glister Counselling provides a confidential and secure online service via Skype. This enables you to access our services from anywhere in the world and at a time and place that is convenient for you. Skype counselling is a great alternative to face-to-face counselling due to the ease and accessibility of sessions. Your sessions can take place from the comfort of your home or from the convenience of your office. This eliminates travelling time and can help you feel more relaxed and in control of the process. Research shows that the outcome for clients who have undertaken therapy via Skype counselling is similar to those who have had therapy in person.

Skype counselling is confidential, convenient and effective.

Skype counselling will benefit you greatly if you have difficulties attending face-to-face appointments due to travel, family or work commitments, disability or illness. Skype counselling in your own environment can also help you to discuss your difficulties more easily, especially if you are feeling self-conscious or anxious.

The benefits of using Skype

Online Skype counselling and telephone counselling are ideal ways for many individuals to seek confidential and professional support if, for whatever reasons, they cannot undergo treatment in a traditional, face-to-face setting. These methods of support are greatly effective and convenient, and are easily accessible with the use of your personal computer, your laptop, mobile, landline telephone, iPad or tablet.

Accessible 

Online Skype counselling and telephone counselling is accessible for you if you live in a remote area, if you have a young family, if you are housebound because you are a caregiver, if you have limited mobility due to being physically disabled, or if you are unable to leave your home due to mental health issues.

Anonymous 

Online Skype counselling and telephone counselling offer you a high level of privacy and offer you the option of remaining anonymous. If you are concerned about the stigma attached to mental health issues or you do not want your family or friends to be aware that you are having counselling, this method will greatly aid you with these concerns, due to not having to attend sessions at a clinic.

Easy and Convenient 

Online Skype counselling enables you to talk face-to-face, in real-time, anywhere in the world from your workplace or from the comfort of your own home. It is available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Effective 

Research shows that the outcome for clients who have undertaken counselling via Skype counselling or telephone is similar to those who have had counselling in person.

Enables Consistency 

Online Skype counselling can provide you with access to regular counselling sessions, particularly if you are travelling, have been relocated to another country, live or work in a country where face-to-face therapy is unavailable or are facing language barriers in your local area.

Relaxed and in Control 

Clients who have had online Skype counselling have said that seeing a counsellor from their home or their office has helped them feel more relaxed and in control of the process. As a result, they have been able to discuss their thoughts and feelings more easily.

Time and Cost-effective

Online Skype counselling and telephone counselling save you time and money because you do not have to factor in the duration and the cost of travelling to and from your appointments.

Convenient 

For ease and convenience, you can book an appointment directly in the online diary. Your payment for the session can be made electronically and securely via PayPal.

Skype Optomisation

Skype enables you to connect online with anyone in the world, in real time, via text, speech, and video. To communicate online by video, your personal computer, laptop, mobile phone, iPad or tablet needs an internet connection with adequate bandwidth to support video calling. Click on the link How Do I Join Skype for more information on devices. You can assess the quality of your internet capability by watching the videos on this site. If the videos are smooth and clear, you should be able to make a good video call connection. Click on the link What Do I Need To Make a Video Call for more information regarding technical quality levels.

There can be a certain amount of learning when trying something new for the first time, yet with a small amount of preparation, most first-time video calling difficulties can be avoided. Please read through the following tips to help you optimise your use of Skype.

Tip 1: Close programs that consume computer resources

Overloading your computer’s processor and memory can slow down your video Skype call, which may cause a time lag or interfere with your connection. By decreasing the load on your computer, your processor will not have to work as hard and will therefore operate at a lower temperature. This means that the cooling fan will run at a lower speed, resulting in less background noise and better audio quality.

Tip 2: Stop anything that uses up internet bandwidth 

This includes other computers using the same network, videos buffering in the background and programs downloading or uploading files. Once your computer is fully focused on your Skype setup, you can optimise your audio and video settings.

Tip 3: Test and adjust your audio settings

The audio quality is important, so test your microphone and speakers by making a test call with Skype, or video call a friend to ensure good performance and quality. You can find the audio settings in Skype under > Tools > Options… > Audio settings. The free test call option allows you to hear yourself and your background noise.

Tip 4: Use a headset or headphones to avoid echo

You can improve the audio quality by using a headset or headphones. This will automatically reduce background noise from your computer. It will also enable you to be closer to the microphone and therefore further reduce any interference.

Tip 5: Test and adjust your camera 

Skype will detect your webcam and will automatically show you on video. If you do experience any difficulties, however, you can find the video Skype settings under > Tools > Options… > Video settings. You can also click on your webcam settings to view more options.

Tip 6: Optimise your room lighting 

Overhead lighting and lamps can improve the quality of your video call. Natural lighting can sometimes interfere with the quality, so it may be necessary to close your curtains and/or blinds.

Tip 7: Adjust your camera angle 

Set up the camera so you can look straight at it. You may need to raise your device to achieve this. For more information click on this link  How Can I Check That My Webcam is Working Correctly.

Tip 8: Solving Problems

If you are still experiencing problems after following these preparations, click on this link for more information  How Can I Solve Problems With Video Calling.

COSTS / FEES

Skype Counselling – £45 per session