Online psychological counselling for expats and digital nomads

Jan Kaspers — Psychologist (M.Sc.)

Scope of application

On which issues I do work online with my clients

Differences between online and face-to-face processes

Working online with people has undoubtedly a different quality than working together face-to-face. The major difference might be that there is a certain security in being in a safe place like a counsellor’s practice during a session. Also, sharing a physical space can create a deeply intimate atmosphere. Though working online may initially seem to be a flatter, lower quality experience, the success of a counselling process ultimately stems from having the right match between the client and the counsellor, building a respectful and appreciative relationship and having the right motivation for change. Those factors apply equally to online and face-to-face counselling, meaning that both methods can be effective in the right circumstances.

In fact, working online can give clear benefits over working in-person. Seeing each other online can save time by removing the need to travel to the practice. It is more flexible as you can also have sessions while travelling. If you are hesitant to meet a counsellor face-to-face, connecting to someone online might also seem less of a big step and there is no need for you to leave the comfort and familiarity of your own home. Furthermore, most online counsellors can offer their services for a lower rate, as they can save the expenses for renting a practice room.

As online counselling is a fairly new phenomenon, there is still much to learn about its efficiency, but early studies indicate a clear effectiveness. If you are interested in those publications, please have a look here (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013) and here (Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2013).

On what I do work

I work with individuals and couples. Please feel free to contact me if you should struggle with one of the following issues:

  • Feelings of loneliness and alienation
  • Recurring anxiety
  • Mild forms of depression
  • Recurring conflicts in relationships
  • Fatigue and burn-out
  • Problems in interpersonal communication
  • Self-esteem struggles
  • Coping with stress
  • Expressing your own needs and setting boundaries
  • Dissolving personal conflicts
  • Raising autonomy
  • Developing the ability to love and allow intimacy
  • Releasing yourself from self-sabotage

When I am not the right choice

Please be aware that online counselling cannot be a substitute for meeting a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist in case of severe clinical problems. In such cases please try to find local help or in case of an acute crises please contact your local hospital.

You can find locally working international therapists on the following website:
www.internationaltherapistdirectory.com