Author Archives: Brian Dosenberger

Choosing a Platform for Online Counselling

Posted by: Brian Dosenberger on février 10, 2012 9:00

There are several factors to consider when deciding which web conferencing to use for online counselling.  Today I want to highlight I will focus on choosing a web-conferencing platform that fits how you practice counselling. As someone that practices both traditional and online counselling I want to ensure the web conferencing platform I choose allows me to offer my clients online the same, or as close to the same experience as I would give a client in my own office.

Choose a platform that allows you to perform counselling in the same manner as you would in a traditional face to face session.

In order to effectively perform online counselling I need the ability to perform counselling in the same manner that I conduct an in person session. For example, if you are a therapist that utilizes a white board, illustrate psycho-educational material, draws diagrams, or gives homework assignments then you want to choose a platform that allows you to perform those tasks.

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Office Space

Posted by: Brian Dosenberger on février 8, 2012 11:50

Finding the ideal office space and situation for your private practice is one of the most important decisions in starting a private practice.  As a counsellor starting a new practice it can be anxiety provoking because you may be committing money while being uncertain whether clients will call. Today, we’ll look at the options that counsellors have from the least to most risk.

  • Home-based practice. Home-based practice allows the counsellor to work from the comforts of home provided they have ideal space. This would be a great option for someone focusing primarily on providing online counselling. The challenge is that you never leave the office and you never leave home.     

                                                            

  • Rent space by the hour.  Starting out your private practice renting by the hour involves very little risk. This allows the counsellor to maintain current employment while slowly building up a practice in the evenings, weekends, or part-time during the day. The down side of this option, depending on the situation, is the space may not be available when you need it and at a suitable time for your client.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Where Does Online Counselling Take Place?

Posted by: Brian Dosenberger on janvier 26, 2012 10:29

As an online counselling session begins I welcome them to my office and familiarize the client with my office and environment that is not visible via the VoIP technologies. Licensing bodies in Canada have a daunting task in front of them determining counsellors’ use of online counselling. Where does the counselling session occur?

My insurance stipulates that I am covered to conduct therapy that occurs within the provincial boundaries of which I am registered. So this leads to the question, where does online counselling occur?  I could argue that the internet is the taxi, train, or jet plane that brings the client to my office. Others could argue that if my client is in Ontario and I (the therapist) am in Alberta, the therapy occurs in Ontario.  The third argument, suggests that the counselling session occurs in neither the counsellors office nor the client’s home but rather a virtual space where counsellor and client meet in the middle. I know for a fact that I would be in big trouble with my licensing body if I flew to Ontario and conducted a counselling session. Having stated this fact, I have to truly believe that the counselling session I conduct occur in my own province to ethically see clients outside of my province. What is the evidence and how can we determine that the appointment occurs at the counsellor’s office? Basically, because the client schedules an appointment with the counsellor, determines that the client is coming to the appointment as opposed to the counsellor coming to their residence.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Private Practice – The Intuitive Decision?

Posted by: Brian Dosenberger on janvier 26, 2012 10:24

 I wanted to start my blog by discussing the question that I and many other counsellors pose to themselves at some point, “Should I start a private practice?” I believe that there are two ways to make any decision, intuition and reasoning.  As a practicing counsellor I realize that I could make my decision by writing out the advantages and disadvantages of starting a private practice or learn to trust my intuition to make my decision based on that feeling.

The decision to enter the private practice counselling is intriguing. There are experienced counsellors that find the thought of entering the world of private practice daunting. At the same time there are novice counsellors that dive head first into private practice. What are factors influence a counsellor’s decision to offer private practice counselling? I can’t speak for everyone, however, maybe by sharing my (a novice counsellor) decision to enter into the world of private practice will allow you to gain some insight into this intriguing question.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA