Online Counselling & Hypnotherapy
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Minerva Therapy is an online counselling and hypnotherapy service based in North London.
My name is Maria Barletta, I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS), and the British Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy (BSCH).
What is counselling?
If you are finding it hard to cope with life challenges and are feeling overwhelmed, it may be a good idea to reach out to someone who can help you to put your problems into perspective.
Counselling is a conversational process whereby you are encouraged to talk about your problems and challenges.
By practising "talking therapy," you will find clarity and relief. What's more, you may also eventually gain strategies to manage your problems more efficiently.
The aim of therapy is to help you to restore the relationship to that part of yourself that is already healthy and whole.
We all have this part (the core of our being), but sometimes we get disconnected from it through traumatic experiences and socialisation.
What is online counselling?
Online counselling is therapy offered remotely via the internet to provide real-time virtual mental health care to clients. To communicate with my clients, I use a specialist telehealth service that is HIPAA compliant*. My clients and I meet in a virtual therapy room.
*To be HIPAA compliant, telehealth platforms must ensure that they have systems in place that reasonably and appropriately protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all data in accordance with the Security Rule.
There are benefits to having therapy online, but there are also some limitations that are worth considering when deciding which type of therapy will best suit your needs.
You can have counselling therapy from your own home at a time that suits you
Secure inscription software offers confidentiality and peace of mind
Some clients do not want to be seen entering the counsellor's practice. For them, online counselling offers privacy,
You can choose to have therapy at a time, place and pace that suits you, provided the therapist is available.
Some people have found that receiving online remote therapy works really well for them as they do not have to use their time travelling to the practice, particularly, in the evening after work.
Provided the therapist of your choice is available, access to counselling may be more immediate.
Things to consider
These are some of the things to consider before booking an appointment with me.
Are you comfortable using internet technology?
Would you prefer to see your counsellor face to face?
Do you feel you can express your feelings well using words?
Do you feel your situation is too complex to discuss via the internet?
Is there a computer terminal that you can use privately without interruption?
Text communication can sometimes be open to misunderstanding.
There are no nonverbal cues or body language for you or the counsellor to read this can lead to misunderstanding.
Confidentiality and Security
The information shared with me is held in strict confidence and all electronically stored information is stored on a password-protected drive.
In adherence with the XXX ethical code, I am obliged to break confidentiality if you were to disclose involvement in or knowledge of an act of terrorism, money laundering and drugs trafficking.
In addition I have an agency policy to report instances of harm to self or to others and I do have a legal obligation to report harm or abuse to a minor or vulnerable adult.
Email correspondence is encouraged through a secure mail server such as hushmail to prevent your mails being intercepted and read by a third party and you will be instructed on how to set up a confidential email account for your counselling therapy.
The content of your emails will not be communicated with anyone excepting for the purposes of supervision of my practice. When elements of our sessions are taken to supervision, no identifying information such as your name is used. My supervisor also follows the same procedures for confidentiality as I have outlined.
Audio or audio video counselling takes advantage of the encrypted services offered by Zoom and should you chose this method of counselling, you will guide you through setting up a free account for your therapy. You do not need a webcam to use Zoom counselling.
At the end of our counselling agreement copies of our exchanges will be stored electronically on a password protected drive for a period of 5 years in accordance with suggestions from the XXX after this time the information will be deleted and any paper documents will be shredded.
In addition, if at any point during the counselling you were in need of emergency support, I may ask for your consent to contact your GP, or recommend alternative avenues of support other than online counselling.
In an emergency
Online counselling is not sufficient support if you feel you are in crisis.
Signs of crisis may be feelings or thought about suicide or harm yourself or another. In this case please consider contacting your local accident and emergency department at your nearest hospital and ask to speak to someone from the crisis team.
If you feel you need immediate assistance you may consider contacting the Samaritans, they are available by telephone on 08457 90 90 90 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
All client material is treated in complete confidence and is removed from my computer at the end of our work together. Electronic records are stored on a password protected memory stick and kept in a locked filing cabinet. No identifying names or material is retained on these records as a client ID number is used to replace such information.
Conditions of counselling
As I aim to offer confidentiality regarding the content of our sessions I would ask that you do the same by not sharing any of the content of our sessions with any third party.
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