Online Counselling Using Zoom
Technology has become an essential part of our lives thanks to the changes brought by COVID. Online video conferencing is an effective, confidential and convenient alternative to face-to-face counselling sessions.
I started offering online counselling 13 years ago when I moved my practice from the US to Australia and clients wanted to continue seeing me. I’m very comfortable with the technology and my clients say it’s much like being in the office with me and they can still feel my presence through the screen. You might think being in front of a screen is impersonal, but give it a chance – you may be surprised at just how effective it is.
I’ve used the internet with great success to work with clients all over the world, including South Korea, Sweden, Afghanistan, the US, Canada and here in Australia. My booking calendar will show sessions in your local timezone to help you work out availability.
Tell me more about Zoom
Zoom is a high quality video conferencing program that allows us to see and hear each other using your computer and webcam (and headset if you choose, so others can’t hear the conversation around you). It’s easy to install and the Zoom website will suggest the appropriate download for your hardware. I suggest downloading the App rather than joining through the website. It is free of adware/malware/spyware etc and, most importantly, is confidential. You can use Zoom on your desktop computer, mobile phone or even tablet (such as an iPad). I will send directions in my introduction email.
Is Zoom Confidential?
Yes, all Zoom sessions are encrypted to ensure privacy and confidentiality. You can read more about Zoom here.
Can I use online counselling for any issues?
Online counselling with me using Zoom is suitable for a large number of areas. However, personality disorders, bipolar, clinical depression and other serious disorders are not candidates for online counselling because in my opinion these require face-to-face sessions supported by a Doctor and/or Psychiatrist to be effectively treated.
Testimonials from my online clients
“Surprisingly the Zoom sessions have opened up a different level of comfortableness for me to share. Different aspects of myself are coming out because I am in my own space, I am in my world and yet Garth’s presence still is able to transmit into it. I am so thankful to have his grounding presence in my life as I continue my journey in discovering me.” – name withheld
“It took me a while to schedule my first appointment because I thought figuring out Zoom would be a huge hassle. It’s not! It’s so easy to download and to use. Now I can see Garth in the comfort of my own home – no commute, no parking, no childcare needed. It couldn’t be more convenient.” – name withheld
“I just finished my first session with Garth via Zoom. I am amazed at how present it felt. I was concerned about the feeling of talking with delays and the robotic feeling of sitting in front of a screen. And phone alone is not an option as I am very visual. But it was surprisingly easy – I Just clicked the “phone button” and there was Garth’s usual creativity, focus and openheartedness.” – name withheld
I look forward to meeting you online!