Online Psychological Therapy Service.
“I have an interest and commitment to working with gay, lesbian or bisexual clients, or those who are unsure about their sexuality. I have worked with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients on a wide range of issues to do with sexual and emotional well-being and aim to offer therapeutic approaches that make sense within this context and are affirming” – Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor.
Become Psychology has been running an online psychological therapy service since 2017. We now train other psychologists and psychotherapists on the practical and relational elements that promote good practice when offering online psychological therapy.
What is online psychological therapy?
Instead of meeting in a consultation room, therapist and client meet face to face using a videoconferencing platform. We use Zoom as it is encrypted and protects your privacy.
People access therapy online for many reasons, for example, it may be difficult to find the right therapist in their local area, or they may have child care to think about, or simply prefer being seen when they are in their own home. Although recent studies have not shown any reduction in quality during online therapy understandably some people just prefer face to face consultations and we do suggest putting aside a bit of time to think about whether this way of working would feel right for you. We think it is important that the setting should mirror as far as possible a traditional consultation and so we do like to check out that you will be able to access online appointments in a place that feels safe and secure.
What interventions are available?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a range of issues from everyday stress to common problems like anxiety or depression.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy to you help you to overcome repetitive and hard to break patterns in the way you think, act, feel and relate to others and that limit or harm you in some way.
To find out more about what it is like to have Cognitive Analytic Therapy and how it can help click here What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?
There is also a specialist service for Sex Addiction and Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.
Who do I contact in confidence?
Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor.
How much is a consultation?
£85 to £95 per session, depending on circumstances.
What is zoom?
Zoom is a professional videoconferencing software that allows your therapist to use all the tools they usually would in face to face consultations. For example, an interactive whiteboard allows your therapist to illustrate diagrammatically ideas about factors behind patterns of thinking and acting that may be limiting you.
Is it secure?
Yes, Zoom is encrypted by default.
Is Zoom free to use?
Yes, you do not need to download the software prior to your session. You just click on the link emailed to you and you are automatically taken to your appointment with your therapist.
Do I need privacy and a good internet connection?
Yes, you need to be able to have your session in a place of privacy where you won’t worry about being disturbed, overheard or interrupted. Your internet connection needs to be good quality. A normal home Wifi broadband would usually be sufficient. Zoom can be accessed from a smart phone, tablet or computer, although we recommend where possible that you use computers or tablets.