E-counseling fosters getting it down in writing, seeing it in print, and composing oneself – all therapeutically beneficial, even before the first ‘session’ begins. What might be lost from the immediate give-and-take of ‘live’ conversation becomes a gain. The process has all the advantages of introspection while still being part of a clinical dialogue – one that takes place behind the scenes of appearance and personality in a shared space on the internet.
The online counseling transcript featured below is an abridged demo case based on the work of Dr. John Yaphe – client details have been modified so the correspondence is not identifiable. The usual comprehensive online intake has not been included and only the initial client-counselor exchanges are presented. Minor mistakes in grammar and spelling have been left to preserve the veracity of the transcript. Case commentary/session notes are featured in italics.
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This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Cedric Speyer, M.A., M.Ed. pioneered Shepell·fgi’s groundbreaking E-Counseling service in 2000. He conducted the first few thousand online EAP cases in Canada, and is currently Clinical Supervisor for a staff of 35 E-counselors. Cedric co-edited Online Counseling: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals – 2nd edition. Cedric co-founded InnerView Guidance International with Eusebia da Silva, M.A., M.T.S., Community Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director. Thanks to DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LPC, DCC, co-founder of Online Therapy Institute, and John Yaphe, MD, CM, who were clinical consultants for this case study.