If you read the statistics on depression and unhappiness, you will find them really shocking. What is more shocking is the fact that most people never consider taking help either as counselling or medications to treat this potentially life threatening condition. A 2015 statistics published in Huffington Post suggests that globally, there are almost 350 Million people who are affected by some form of depression and 11% of the population have depression disorder by the time people reach the age of 18.
To effectively deal with the depression and its symptoms, people resort to different practices: either they use medications, start meditation practices or take on individual counselling. Counselling however, can either be delivered through personal one to one coaching sessions or even through online sessions.
If you wish to explore online counselling services and want to hire an online coach, here is what you need to know:
You need to search and find credible coaches and experts
Online world is full of fake experts- people with fake credentials can pose themselves as expert counsellors and coaches. You need to find credible and professional coaches who carry good repute and word-of-mouth. There are many online sources or directories where you can find local as well as international online counsellors.
You can even find coaches through coachme app which is now considered as one of the leading sources of online coaches offering services in different segments. Angie’s list can also be a great source for you to find some really good professionals in your local area or online. A quick search on yellow pages or even yelp can help you a great extent in this regard. Yelp is also good in the sense you can find professionals from other international cities also to whom you can contact also for Skype sessions.
Pricing of good counsellors will often be same
Finding an online coach can be great time saving activity but it may not save you cost when it comes to doing therapy sessions with well-known and qualified persons. You need to be sure about the cost and negotiate if you can, before you pay online. A call to the office of the counsellor may do wonders for you, before booking an online session. If you are seeking help through mutual exchange of emails (one of the cheapest methods of securing online help from a professional counsellor than it may cost you around $25 to $125 per email exchange. Normally, therapists will charge you on per minute or per hour basis also.
Buying the right plan
Online booking for a counselling session is not as simple as it looks, there may be different pricing plans available. It is always extremely important that you call the person and understand the pricing plans before opting for any plan.
Normally, the pricing plans are tiered and are quoted on per session basis however; there can be further costs as you opt for per minute or per hour pricing. Your counselor generally knows how long the session will take, but if she is booking you for an unusually big session, it is most probably an attempt to get more money from you – so alway workout the pricing before you book.
Make sure you have the right equipment
To effectively utilise the online training session you need a high speed internet connection and a PC or a Smartphone. Most coaches offer Skype sessions therefore make sure you also have a headphone/earphone ready.
If you are planning to take sessions through your tab or smartphone, make sure you are sitting somewhere and not running around or doing other stuff while taking the therapy session.
Your counsellor may not give you more time
One of the key reasons as to why counsellors prefer to serve clients online is to increase their client base. High levels of client base however, also means less time given to each client. When booking a professional counsellor, always makes sure she is ready to give you the required amount of time and as per the rates charged.
Always go local
Online counselling is a virtual world and you can encounter many experts at international level, however it is always great if you can find a local expert who is willing to offer you online sessions.
Therapy sometimes requires one to one interaction in real-time environment, therefore you need to have access to a person who is approachable and local. But what is important is that you should not stop going for online counselling if you can’t find local providers. In most cases, remote providers may be the best option for you.
Finding an online counsellor is easy. The key is to find the one who is professional and offers you value for the money. You need to do your homework before opting for any external help. A quick tip or recommendation from your existing therapist can also do wonders for you.