I have had the opportunity and privilege of counselling and coaching people from all over the world.
We service NGO's, corporations and missionaries located in remote areas where local help is not available. Some people find that it is easier and less threatening to begin therapy or life-coaching over the phone. Many feel more comfortable and relaxed working through emotional issues in the privacy of their own home or office. The telephone allows even the most shy or reluctant person to achieve closeness at a comfortable, safe distance. You may also feel safer talking about an embarrassing or shaming issue.
Advantages to You
Some people find that it is easier and less threatening to begin therapy over the phone. Many feel more comfortable and relaxed working through emotional issues in the privacy of their own home or office. The telephone allows even the most shy or reluctant person to achieve closeness at a comfortable, safe distance. You may also feel safer talking about an embarrassing or shaming issue.
Individuals and couples in smaller towns may also find it ideal that they don’t have to reveal deeply personal issues to someone in their community. Missionaries and NGO personnel may not have local therapy resources. Celebrities, therapists, ministers of religion, local leaders also seem to benefit from this approach.
2. Time Save
Too busy? No more taking the time to go to and from your therapists’ office. You won’t have to get in your car, fight traffic, or go a considerable distance for a therapy appointment.
It is also going to be much easier to fit in a session when you are trying to get everything done in a hectic schedule. Or for people who have very busy lives and only limited or unpredictable time off of work.
3. More Convenient Times
It is nice to be able to call when it is convenient for you. Work it around your job, your kids so you don’t have to leave them or find a baby-sitter, or for frequent travelers who are often out of town.
You can also call at times of emotional pain or right when you need extra support. Our turn around response time is excellent. Couples who get stuck can just pick up their phone for pre=arranged support working through an issue (and don’t have to wait for their next session to work it out).
4. Call From Anywhere
No matter where you go. You can reach me from anywhere — home, office, cell phone, while traveling…
5. Productive Sessions
Telephone counselling has proven to be highly effective. Some people find that the time spent on the telephone is even more efficient. Being at ease in their own home, people are likely to be less inhibited and guarded. Couples can be on the phone in separate rooms where they are less apt to be triggered. People tend to get down to business, get more work done, and progress faster over the phone. So the results can be significant.
Telephone counselling is also an effective medium when people are emotionally overloaded or when couples are in the midst of an upset. After all, it has long been proved very helpful with crisis intervention services, hot lines, and suicide prevention.
6. Is Effective For Learning Skills
All of my Life-Change Tools ®, Life Skills Tools ®, Couples Life Skill Tools ®, various courses, and other information for learning are written out with easy to follow instructions. As needed, you will be sent these learning skills sheets through email. They enable you to progress more rapidly as you applying these tools.
My telephone rates are normally less that my fees for face-to-face therapy visits.
How Telephone or Video Coaching / Counselling Works
1. Here's how you start
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide:
- the town and country and address where you live;
- your time zone;
- the days and times that you would like counselling or life-coaching; and alternatives;
- the approximate length of time you would like to book;
- your telephone number with area code or Skype address.
Once I receive this I will send you all additional information via e-mail.
If the telephone counselling is a long distance call than you are responsible for the long distance telephone charges.
2. Sessions are billed in 15 minute increments.
You can book as many minutes as you desire in 15 minute increments. Many people are accustomed to a 60 minute session. So after 50 minutes, I will notify you that there is 10 minutes left for 60 minutes.
3. The sliding scale.
The lowest end of the sliding scale fee is .80 cents per minute and the highest end of the scale $3.75 per minute. Verification of family income may be required.
4. Payment methods.
You may pay via cheque, money order (received in advance of sessions), or MasterCard or VISA.
Skype Telephone & Video Counselling
Since Skype is normally the communication system I use for online talk or video chat, I ask that you make sure you have successfully tested your Skype download and any audio or video equipment you may be using, before an appointment for online counselling.
If you chose to work through an issue by e-mail then you generally must work a little harder at revealing … not concealing yourself and your feelings, because I will not have all the usual visual and auditory clues to pick up on this. If you are not comfortable writing expressively, informally and in some detail then perhaps telephone or video counselling may be a better way to achieve your goals.
If a therapist cannot see or hear you then they cannot interpret facial cues, voice tone & body language as a way of discerning what you are not saying or how you are feeling about what you are saying.
With practice though, you and a therapist can generally learn to sense one another's moods in your email communication and it can be an effective and comfortable way to work on issues.
Most informational, educational, Life-Change Tools ® are included in the cost of the session.
How E-mail Counselling Works
E-mail counselling is any day at anytime for you and responses are returned by me within 24 hours on week-days and 48 hours on week-ends.
You send e-mails to: email@example.com and I will respond to your desired e-mail address. Encryption is available, if desired, but it is bit of a hassle to set-up and use.
You can purchase any number of minutes of email counselling in 15 minute increments. You are simply paying for the time that is required to read and respond with help through e-mails coming back to you from me.
We have a sliding scale rate of $0.50 cents to $2.75 per minute.
Thank you for considering the telephone and internet options offered by DRay and the ICCA-IRM Counselling, Coaching & Wellness Clinic.