This is the newest platform for undertaking counselling. Online Chat Counselling has some great benefits and is suitable for a wide range of counselling requirements. Conversation is undertaken through Skype instant messaging using typing rather than the more usual audio or visual forms of communication. Although the breadth of communication is the smallest for online chat counselling, it still provides sufficient means for effective counselling.
It is important to treat this form of counselling in the same manner as the other platforms. Because of the nature of the communication, online counselling can be difficult to make the most of. Whereas the other forms require responses in the moment and as such are highly engaging, the potential for distraction with online counselling is remarkably higher. However, with the discipline to create an environment with no distractions, away from the company of others, this format can be very effective.
It is important that users of online chat counselling have a reasonably high standard and speed of typing. Seeing as it is the only method of communication, being able to type quickly and accurately is a must. Certain types of issues may be unsuitable for this format, but this can be discussed at the free first assessment.