The below article from the UK describes how the NHS is struggling to cope with the demand for online counselling services.
In Ireland online counselling & psychotherapy is also on the rise, this demand provides an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to take advantage particularly using the internet to mislead and confuse vulnerable clients looking for help.
Here at Talk Therapy Dublin we adhere to the IACP ethical guidelines on skype/online counselling.
Anyone thinking of online or phone counselling should research their practitioner and
1: make sure the practitioner is qualified & has training to work with clients using this technology,
2: That they are a fully qualified/accredited therapist with one of the main accreditation bodies
3: Are familiar with the pertinent ethical guidelines covering this area of counselling & psychotherapy.