Sean Kyle - Independent Online Counsellor and Psychotherapist / Life Coach

Online Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Life Coaching.

Convenient, flexible, and affordable.

Services and Fees

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Online counselling/therapy is a professional way of undertaking such via the internet, and although not in person it will still be face-to-face by video call. Sometimes clients use online along with traditional counselling/therapy, but a lot more are using it now as a complete alternative. Benefits of online counselling/therapy include: easier for people who live in rural or remote areas; accessible for anyone with physical and psychological limitations; people who work long or awkward hours; safety and security; convenient; and more affordable.

Video call

Video call (webcam) counselling/therapy is face-to-face, but not in person...instead you talk online over a video link. This means you do not have to visit an office, and if say you are having couples sessions then each of you can be in a different location...if needed, like with a long-distantance relationship. What is required is a PC, laptop, or tablet (mobile phones can be used, but not recommended) with a webcam, download the necessary software, and have access to the internet with as good as possible connection. VSee is the primary platform used, being more secure and compliant, but Skype can also be used.

Telephone

Telephone counselling/therapy is not suitable for everyone, and especially can not be recommended for some issues. It is more for people who are not comfortable with face-to-face, and possibly with the aim of upgrading to such when they are ready to do so. The actual call itself will be free since you will be called on your number...you only pay for the length of the session itself. What you need is simply a phone, and network connection.

Email and Instant Message

Email and instant messaging counselling take the form of a series of exchanges between counsellor and client. You can express your thoughts, feelings, problems and concerns, and then it will be read and responded to. As with phone counselling they are not suitable for any complex mental health issues, and rather more a first step towards counselling/therapy by phone and video call. What you will need is a suitable device, appropriate email or IM account, and connection to the internet.

THERAPIES USED

Person-centred therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves rather than how a counsellor can interpret their thoughts or ideas.

 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

 

Integrative therapy is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.

 

Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility, and that focuses on the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist / client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.

 

Mindfulness is a technique that can help people manage their mental health or simply gain more enjoyment from life. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment - to what is happening in your body, your mind or surroundings, for example in a non-judgemental way. Mindfulness describes a way of approaching our thoughts and feelings so that we become more aware of them and react differently to them.

 

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a structured therapy. A central idea in IPT is that psychological symptoms, such as a depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in our everyday interactions with others. In turn, the depressed mood can also affect the quality of these interactions. When a person is able to interact more effectively with others, their psychological symptoms often improve.

 

Psychoanalysis is both a psychological theory and therapy which aims to treat mental disorders by investigating the interaction of the conscious and unconscious, bringing repressed fears and conflicts into the conscious mind.

FREE consultation

The consultation can be either by video call or phone. Duration 35 minutes. During this time we will discuss your needs...there will be some specific questions to answer, time to ask any you need answers to, and then how we will take things forward. We will then arrange the date/time for the first session, if that is the outcome at the end.

First session HALF PRICE

The first session will be half the normal fee that has already been confirmed for your sessions. I offer this because if you find that online counselling/therapy does not work for you, after an actual session, then at least you have not also been burdened with any full cost.

Lower fees

Reduced fees, as indicated in the section below, can be applied to sessions for people such as students, volunteer workers, and others who are on a low income. This can be confirmed at the consultation, but please contact me beforehand to enquire further if needed.

FREE walk-ins (VSee virtual clinic only)

Please click on the green button, which will take you to my clinic. You will be instructed to sign up, if not already a member, download and then enter the virtual waiting room. I am informed who is in the waiting room, and it will show if I am online, but please note that whilst the clinic is open there will already be prebooked sessions in progress so I can not guarantee if I will be able to see you...but will make an effort to do so. I will message you, in the clinic, to keep you informed. It is always better though to book a time either in the clinic or via my booking page, to be sure. Walk-ins are usually only up to twenty minutes and are there more for information and advice, leading to actual future bookings...or extra help for existing clients.

Types of sessions and cost

Individual

Individual counselling/therapy is a one-to-one discussion between counsellor and client. The two form an alliance, relationship or bond that enables trust and personal growth.

 

60 minutes duration

£35 by video call

£17 (reduction applicable, except for psychoanalysis)

 

50 minutes duration

£21 by phone

 

Daily (psychoanalysis/not phone)

Weekly (most popular)

Fortnightly

Monthly (later follow-ups)

 

Psychoanalysis (VSee only) fees differ, based on any one week

 

£35 one session

£60 two sessions

£81 three sessions

£100 four sessions

£115 five sessions

Couples/Marriage

Couples/marriage counselling/therapy is a form that looks to improve communication, and resolve issues within an intimate relationship.

 

60 minutes duration

£45 by video call

£22 (reduction applicable)

 

Weekly (most popular)

Fortnightly

Monthly (later follow-ups)

Family

Family counselling/therapy helps people with relationship difficulties better manage the personal, or interpersonal, issues to do with children and family, and other problems....during marriage, separation, and divorce through mediation.

 

60 minutes duration

£55 by video call

£30 (reduction applicable)

 

Weekly (most popular)

Fortnightly

Monthly (later follow-ups)

Life Coaching

Life coaching helps you to identify goals, achieve those goals, guide you through changes and obstacles, give you permission to follow your dreams, teach you how to make the right decisions for yourself, focus on looking towards your future, and focus on solutions.

 

60 minutes duration

£35 by video call

£17 (reduction applicable)

 

50 minutes duration

£21 by phone

 

Weekly (most popular)

Fortnightly

Monthly (later follow-ups)

Booking

The primary way to book is to click on the blue button to go to my booking page. It is also possible to book via the VSee clinic, click on the green button, but only for the VSee clinic. My booking page gives you access to all options, and when you enter your contact details you will receive confirmation of bookings, reminders, and ability to both cancel and reschedule.

Cancellations and rescheduling

Things happen, and will no doubt happen for either party at some stage...such as change of plans, emergencies, or last minute problems like the internet connection. However, I do ask as much as is possible for you to give me 24 hour notice of any cancellation to enable someone else to have the opportunity of having that place...doing so either by the button on your confirmed booking email/message, or contacting me directly...you can reschedule by the same options also. I do not charge for doing so unless either you have not contacted me at all or there is a consistent pattern in cancellations...in such a cases I will include on the next invoice, etc., a charge of half the fee for that session...informing you in advance of the reason why.

Payment methods

I will send an invoice to your supplied email address, via my PayPal business account, once a week on a Monday which will include all sessions from the previous week. Through PayPal you can then simply pay as you would normally pay online, by card for example, and you do not need a PayPal account.

 

It is also possible to pay by standing order, or giving me your details at the end of the session with the PayPal Here app. However, please note, that if you pay at the end of a session that will have to be included in your session time...so it is not recommended, unless no other option.

 

There will not be any specific due date on an invoice, I just ask that you settle it as soon as it is possible for you to do so. I will however send a reminder for any unpaid invoice after 14 days.

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© Sean Kyle 2017-2020 | Counsellor | Psychotherapist | Life Coach | BACP and ACTO compliant | BPS accreditations | DBS checked | HIPAA compliant | Towergate insured | Kemp House, 152 City Road, London. EC1V 2NX | Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 2pm (out-of-hours bookable) Bank holidays, and other, will vary.

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