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22nd November 2018 

Counselling, Online Counselling, Counselling Supervision Resources

Counselling,Online Counselling, Counselling Supervison, Online Supervision.
Useful links and Resources

This page has useful links for those who are seeking general information regarding counselling, online counselling, or resources for personal and professional use. Some of the sites mentioned offer services in email counselling support or ‘live chat’ counselling and support forums.
I will be continually updating this page so please feel free to come back and visit it again



Online Counselling and Resource Websites providing infomation and Support


Depression
Depression Alliance. If you are looking for support or resources relating to depression I have found this site very worthwhile. Depression Alliance



British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP

Counselling Directory Counselling Directory
Find a Therapist Find a Therapist


ACTO is an organisation offering a variety of information and resources for clients seeking online therapy and also for counsellors and counselling supervisors working online
ACTO



Guidance for Online clients and Counsellors

Privacy when using email counselling

It is difficult to completely hide your internet activity but here are some helpful tips which can assist in maintaining the privacy of your email counselling:

Setting up a Private e-mail Address
If you want to send and receive personal e-mail it is possible to set up your own e-mail address which only you will have access to as long as you keep your username and password private. You can set up a web-based e-mail address so you can access e-mail from any computer with an internet connection by logging on at the main site of the provider you have chosen.

How do I choose where to use the internet?
If you are seeking privacy the safest way will be somewhere you are unlikely to be disturbed, or that others could view the screen whilst you are writing an email etc. Examples of where it might be difficult to ensure privacy might be at a local library, or Internet cafes for example.

Your website history / cache file
Your computer automatically keeps a history of the web pages you visit and may save graphics, cookies and other files to your computer. This means others can find out which websites you have visited by looking through your computer's history or cache file. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.

Internet Explorer:
Click on the Tools menu (in the row at the top of the browser).
Select Internet Options from the drop down menu.
Select the tab labelled 'General'.
Under the title, 'Temporary Internet Files', click on 'Delete Files'.
You can also check the box that says delete all offline content.
Then, under 'History' click on 'Clear History.'
Then click OK, at the bottom.



It is difficult to completely hide your internet activity but here are some helpful tips which can assist in maintaining the privacy of your email counselling:

Setting up a Private e-mail Address
If you want to send and receive personal e-mail it is possible to set up your own e-mail address which only you will have access to as long as you keep your username and password private. You can set up a web-based e-mail address so you can access e-mail from any computer with an internet connection by logging on at the main site of the provider you have chosen.
How do I choose where to use the internet?
If you are seeking privacy the safest way will be somewhere you are unlikely to be disturbed, or that others could view the screen whilst you are writing an email etc. Examples of where it might be difficult to ensure privacy might be at a local library, or Internet cafes for example.

Your website history / cache file
Your computer automatically keeps a history of the web pages you visit and may save graphics, cookies and other files to your computer. This means others can find out which websites you have visited by looking through your computer's history or cache file. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.

Internet Explorer:
Click on the Tools menu (in the row at the top of the browser).
Select Internet Options from the drop down menu.
Select the tab labelled 'General'.
Under the title, 'Temporary Internet Files', click on 'Delete Files'.
You can also check the box that says delete all offline content.
Then, under 'History' click on 'Clear History.'
Then click OK, at the bottom.

Guidance for Online Counsellors
The storage of client records when working online requires careful adherence to Data protection requirements and also Ethical Guidelines when working online. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherpay (BACP)have information available for purchase to those counsellors working online with clients. BACP