Telephone Counselling opens up a world of possibilities and makes accessing therapy simple and easy! Some people however fear that with Telephone Counselling the theraputic relationship may be affected and be less efective if not sat in the same room as their Counsellor.
In my experience as a Teletherapist (working remotely with Clients by phone or onlinel) Clients who are able to be in their chosen environment, like from home tend to feel more comfortable, as it can reduce fear, anxiety and even stress that may have been caused by getting to and from sessions or meeting face to face with a therapist for the first time.
Clients who experience Telephone Counselling in contrast to face to face or video call Counselling tend to experience a sense of relief anonymity. They feel less vunerable and exposed and therefore relaxed and safe enough to open up. Perhaps not having to fear the facial expressions or persevied judgedments of another may have something to do with it. Freedom of expression is exactly what is needed to explore feelings to begin to understand their meaning and inturn become more self aware. Awareness is key and this is what makes the therapeutic process very effective and often at a faster rate than in conventional face to face therapy.
Remote Counselling has many benefits be it by phone or online however the bonus about Therapy by phone (landling or mobile) means there is no need for any fancy equipment, amazing internet speed or adequate lighting and of course the worry about feeling 'camera ready' is eliminated, Phew!