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Pia de Silva Counsellor & Sensorimotor Psychotherapist
Enfield & London Bridge

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Online therapy

If you are most at ease using the internet, online therapy is an effective alternative to meeting in person or speaking on the phone; a flexible way to get help when you need it and fit therapy into your busy life.

How you can benefit

As your online counsellor, I offer a way of working together to explore difficulties in your personal or professional life. Over time you can gain new insights and a deeper understanding of what is holding you back in your relationships and life, and discover new possibilities to facilitate personal change.

By opting for online therapy, you are deciding to take care of yourself, no matter how busy you are, and to build a more fulfilling future. You can develop better relationships with your family, friends and colleagues, and enhance your confidence and self-esteem.

Each of us communicates differently and you can choose the method that works best for you. You can decide between the spontaneity and immediacy of a live conversation through instant text-based messaging or video calls, or the reflective space of email exchanges. For more information, see below.

All you need is access to a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile, use of WIFI and privacy.

Who can benefit

Online therapy can be beneficial if you are used to working online. You may also find it easier to be open if you tend to feel anxious about expressing your feelings or talking about difficult issues in person. Working online allows for creativity, such as exploring and expressing negative or positive feelings through drawings, using photos and emoticons. Clients tell me writing is in itself therapeutic, and that they find it helpful to refer back to our email exchanges.

Online therapy is flexible and portable, enabling you to gain help wherever you are, travelling or living abroad, or from home. It is provides an opportunity for counselling or therapy even if you live far away, lack time to travel or find it difficult to leave home due to care responsibilities or a disability.

Three online choices: choose the best for you

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Instant messaging

You engage in real time text-based counselling with me via your computer or smartphone, similar to entering a chat room and typing messages to each other. As we are having a spontaneous, virtual conversation, you will need to arrange the session time in advance.

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Video calls

You engage in real time counselling with me via your computer or smartphone, using Skype, VSee or FaceTime. Again you will need to arrange the session time in advance.

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Email exchanges

You have the freedom to send your email anytime during the week, and will receive a counselling email back from me at an agreed time/day of the week. This takes place over a longer time, allowing plenty of time for writing and reflection.

As an accredited registered counsellor and psychotherapist of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a professional member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), I adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice.

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