Any therapy or counselling session can be a bit daunting the
first time. You may feel nervous or embarrassed to talk about yourself and
particularly unwilling to share those thoughts and feelings that you really
aren't proud of. A Virtual Balance consultation session is a little easier than
To begin with, you choose the venue. You don't have to come to my consulting
room or lay on a couch as we've all seen in films. You may choose a quiet room
at home, perhaps your bedroom, where you feel safe and will be undisturbed. For
online sessions, you might feel happier at the library or in an internet cafe
where no-one is going to question what you are doing or try to read over your
Secondly, our relationship is clearly confined to the Virtual Balance work.
Unlike your family doctor, I will only know what you choose to tell me and I
won't even recognise you in the street! I work under strict confidentiality
principles but for even greater security you might want to create a special
e-mail address for Virtual Balance that doesn't identify you by name.
Finally, you are always in control. During a session you can put down the
phone or close down the internet connection a lot more readily than walking out
of a consulting room. I hope you won't, but ultimately it's up to you. You
won't be making a commitment to a long series of consultation sessions. Each
Virtual Balance consultation is booked and paid for separately and arranged for
your convenience, not mine.
Changing your life and looking honestly at yourself is never going to be easy,
but I think you will find a Virtual Balance consultation session less
intimidating and more supportive than "the psychiatrist's couch".