Power Women in Online Counselling Virtual Summit 2020RECORDINGS
A free resource for you. I always want to share as much knowledge as possible that is why these recordings are free. Some presentations will help you along with marketing or website building, including my own. Others will offer you some information that can help you grow as a therapist. Enjoy!
Karin Brauner is a bilingual counsellor/psychotherapist, as well as a supervisor in private practice. She trained in Guatemala and in Brighton, England. Karin has always been interested in many areas, which focus on her training as a therapist, but also her passion for writing and IT. These have led her to have a variety of services and product offerings, which she keeps adding to. These include counselling, clinical supervision, coaching, blogging/writing social media marketing and content creation, as well as website support, tutoring, academic support, and other areas.
During this summit, Karin has been supporting us by interviewing a few of the presenters.
You can find out more about what Karin offers via her directory of services
Organizer & Interviewer
When I finished my F2F counselling training I very quicly found out that it had not trained me to start the online private practive that I wanted so badly. In 2010 I did a diploma course to become an online counsellor. A year later I started as an online counsellor and a tutor to teach others how to work online.
But I still knew nothing about marketing. So I decided to learn. I took many online classes and followed webinars and pretty soon I learnt how to make an effective website and maintain it. And how to use social media in an ethical way. As I loved this work so much I decided to offer it to others. I know exactly what is important to a therapist and I speak your language.
Psychosexual & Relationship Therapy and the Email Relationship
I have been part of the OLT4c Team since 2011. It’s fair to say I’m passionate about online counselling and supervision and have a will to see it developed within an ethical framework. I love “light bulb” moments and the new and creative ideas the students bring to the work. It is ever-changing. I have a private practice as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist. I find it works very well online and clients love the opportunity to receive Therapeutic Emails in addition to using the webcam. PST and using email are both particular skills which require additional training but my experience is they gel well, making best use of the disinhibition effect and also time for reflection. When not working I can be found with family or friends, on my bike in the sun (which involves eating a lot of cake) and currently tracing my family tree.
Your Success, Your Way
Let’s explore how to create your success your way. As therapists we do what we do because we have a desire to help people. This means that we and our work are valuable. Sometimes it’s very hard to remember this though. Over the years (and long before my time as a therapist started) a culture of ‘free counselling’ and volunteer counsellors has developed, which has brought with it an idea that counsellors/therapists shouldn’t charge fees for our hard-earned expertise, and can’t earn a living from doing what we love. I disagree.
Today I’m talking about how to do just that – how to create your success, your way by building the private practice that you want. For new and established therapists alike, I hope I can start to build your confidence in being your own boss. There’s lots to think about, but mindset, determination and consistency are important starting points. So I’ll start there.
Tonia is a person-centred counsellor and supervisor in private practice, based in Falkirk, Central Scotland. She works face-to-face and online with adults and young people aged 13+ of all genders to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing. She is passionate about raising awareness of therapy as the ultimate form of selfcare.
Tonia began working in private practice part-time shortly after graduating, while also working for a charity and raising her two young sons. She has built her successful private practice on her own terms and is passionate about helping other therapists to do the same. She now coaches therapists who want to be the best they can be by creating their own success, their way.
Self care for online counsellors and therapists
I am an internationally online accredited & qualified Clinical Counsellor/Therapist, Lead Trainer for AOTT & Career Coach, providing online and in person services through my company My Free Range Career Pty Ltd. I have a creative and diverse educational and working background, spanning three continents, and am committed to sharing my experience with others. I have been in the helping industry for more than a decade and I love it.
I use clinical counselling to empathetically listen to my clients, identify their life challenges, and work with them to manage and overcome the same. My areas of expertise include: Highly Sensitive People, Work-Place Conflict, stress management & Bullying, Domestic Violence, Veterans and Immigrants.
I often find that many of our life challenges reveal an underlying want/need to make changes to our professions and careers. By combining Clinical Counseling and Career Coaching, I find I am able to help people manage their immediate challenges, whilst finding sustainable and lasting solutions involving changes to their professions and careers.
I am a highly sensitive person so I moved by practice online as I thought it would be easier and lighter for my energy levels. I used to travel a lot as well, so being able to have my career online while experiencing different countries and their richness made it an easy choice for me.
I now know working online as a Counsellor is even more intense than face to face practice, in my experience.
I want to talk about our own self care as a Counsellor and Therapist. How many of us are actually practicing what we are preaching???
– Current research about burn out for Counsellor, Therapists, Psychologist +
– What is your self care? (I meditate, write, walk/jog, paint, draw, hug trees, do nothing, watch films)
– Practice own mental wellbeing
– Should we see a therapist/counsellor ourselves as part of our self care?
– Grow as an individual
The importance of Online Autism Training for Counsellors
Lisa Cromar is a Person-Centred Counsellor who specialises in working with autistic clients, she runs autism training workshops, both face to face and online for counsellors. She has produced online workshops for BACP Private Practice, the Counselling Tutor and the Creative Counsellors Association. Lisa has also cofounded a lively and interactive Facebook forum called ‘Counsellors Working with Neurodivergence.’ She is currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Chester where she aims to advance research in the area of counselling for autistic people. Her mission is to increase awareness and acceptance of autism in the counselling field and to improve the counselling experience for autistic people. Lisa’s literature review ‘Exploring the Efficacy of Person-Centred Counselling for Autistic People’ has been published as a chapter in The Neurodiversity Reader (Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd). Whilst studying at the University of Derby, Lisa won multiple academic awards, including Professional Learner of the Year, a Deans Award and the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Award. Lisa also has a personal interest in autism as she was diagnosed as autistic in her late thirties and has autistic children. To find out more, please visit www.lisacromar.com.
The Importance of Online Autism Training for Counsellors
During my webinar I will discuss the following:
- The alarmingly poor mental health statistics for autistic people – what is the cause?
- Why we must, and briefly how we can adapt our counselling approach to meet the needs of autistic clients
- The neurodiversity paradigm – a cultural movement
- Benefits of delivering autism training for counsellors online
Shapeshifting, transitioning and riding the post-covid wave of work
I’ve been a counsellor and psychotherapist in Australia for over 18 years, though, over the last few years, I’ve been working and training therapists internationally. My courses are now accredited with ACTO and have a really unique approach to providing online therapy education.
Prior to this experience, I’ve worked in a variety of roles in the community, along with teaching and training future community workers, counsellors and psychotherapists for over 14 years in a variety of large educational institutions.
My presentation involves reflections of practice, reflections about online working and our existence, particularly over the past 6 to 9 months, since COVID began, along with reflecting on preparing for any other issues and existential angst in future. Let’s look together about what could be possible. Utilising the concepts of shapeshifting, flexibility, creativity, adaptation, collective trauma and disenfranchisement, with a focus on our existence, this talk suggests that we have our own keys for our own future – and the future of our work – online or not.
Everything about websites
The times that a simple website would cost you an arm and a leg are over. And it is not so complicated anymore that you can’t have a try yourself. I will explain to you why it is a good idea to make a website in WordPress and how you can maintain it yourself. Of course it will take some time to learn how to do this and it is my hope that after my talk you can make a decision to make [or redo] your website yourself or have it done for you.
Dissociation during Covid19 rules
I work online with adults as an integrative UKCP psychotherapist and counsellor. My focus is on chronic illness, trauma, and dissociation; I have also been a type 1 diabetic since 1973 and also educate on behalf of DiabetesUK.
Working with those online who dissociate and have found this year really challenging. Being very skilled in working with trauma one can safely work in this area online. I have seen clients with Polyfragmented DID, Dissociative identity, Dissociative amnesia, Depersonalization/derealization. And I also work with those with long-term chronic health conditions.
The disinhibition effect
Being online as a person and a practitioner I always can read the consequences of the Disinhibition effect studied by Suler.
The aim of my contribution is to think of the difference between the Disinhibition effect and a counter-transference which either can be experienced by us as online practitioners and how they both can affect our online practice.
It is related to good online supervision and works on ourselves working with others, but mostly, it is related to the issue of good online training.
I am aware that many of us think that the studies we did on this subject are enough to work with people. I think, it isn’t.
If you would wonder and explore with me, your comments and thoughts will be welcomed and we all can get into more this issue.
my name is Dalila, I am Italian, living in Italy.
My passion and work is counselling and supervision, either f2f and online. I became a counsellor, after all, I was a client first, as well as I became a supervisor because I was, and still am, a supervisee knowing how a good supervision session can give to us to benefit our clients.
As an online counsellor, I help people who feel confused in their relationships, first to clarify their feelings, for getting good self-boundaries to live their life in plenty and meaningful way feeling much more self-confident.
As an online supervisor, I work with first establishing a good, safe online relationship, because a safe space is where we all can grow and develop at the best of ourselves. Then, you can express your doubts, your concerns and your feelings for first feeling relieved, and then to find your best way to work with a specific client, couple or group.
Pip Weitz is the Principal of The Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy, and author of Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet (Routledge, 2014). She is also Vice Chair of ACTO. In her spare time she is a keen paddleboarder, along with her westie.
Pip will outlines the exciting activities that ACTO is involved in and how this will strengthen the profession into the future. She believes that we have never had such an exciting time in therapy as we are having now and that online therapy is really starting to become mainstream.
Introduction to Working Creatively Online
Introduction to Working Creatively Online: In this session, we look at how – and why – counsellors can work online using creative methods. You’ll have a chance to try a simple creative exercise, suitable for anyone, which you can use with your own clients to help them open up new ways of understanding themselves.
Emma Cameron is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and supervisor who has been working creatively with her clients online for several years. She is involved in the training of counsellors and Art Therapists, and believes strongly in the power of creative methods to help clients grow and change. You can find many articles on creativity, therapy and self-care on Emma’s website.