corona update

Covid-19 moving forward

The current advice from the UK Government remains that where possible we continue to offer therapeutic services remotely. It is important to remember that whilst a reduction in the current COVID-19, infection rate continues to be reported, this virus is still highly transmissible and potentially fatal and at present there is still no vaccine available. As…

Reduce contact, reduce fees and reduce awareness of our commitment to ethical practice?

Reduce contact, reduce fees and reduce awareness of our commitment to ethical practice. This appears to be a consistent message from government, professional organisations and social media. Over the last number of days, I’ve heard shocking stories from colleagues and supervisee’s who report feeling pressurised by organisations, peers and even clients to step into the…

Christmas greetings

Hello everyone, welcome to my thoughts. Sitting down to write this piece I’m wondering what I might say. Some options would be to talk about the end of another year approaching and reflect on what has happened both personally and professionally in 2017. I could paint a picture of Christmas cards being written and sent,…

RETIREMENT AND LIFE AFTER OLT

Retirement, changing pace, new routines, losing an old friend. All the above phrases are in my mind as I write this blog.  I retired as  a Director of OLT on 31st March, this year.   What has changed?  How has it affected the way I schedule my working day?  I’m confining myself to my working life…

my start as OLT director – by Maria O’Brien

For me the last few months have been infiltrated by loss and uncertainty both personally and professionally. As Director of OLT I have taken the decision to fully immerse myself into online practice. On a practical level this means swapping a comfortable armchair for an office desk and a new laptop! Oh yes, last week…

Life changes! by Anne Stokes

On 31st March, Gill and I retired and handed over the ropes of OLT to the new directors, Liane, Maria and Suzie. We had a lovely day with them and the majority of the tutors. Together we reminisced about the origins of OLT and how it has grown, developed and changed over the almost 16…

Online counselling on Malta – Anne Stokes

I’ve just come back from Malta and taking part in the annual conference of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP).  On Thursday and Friday evenings my inputs concerned e-counselling, while on Saturday I led the day on ‘Setting up in Independent Practice’. This is the fourth time I’ve visited the island; the first…

Breaking news! Please read!

Gill and Anne decided last March that they would like to retire as directors of OLT from the end of March 2016. The company has grown so much over the last 15 years and we have enjoyed being in the ever changing world of online counselling. The next few years will no doubt bring changes…

Introduction to Counselling Children & Young People Online – Challenges and Potential

Introduction to Counselling Children & Young People Online – Challenges and Potential  “Cyberspace has become the new Therapy Space” Evans 2015 An experiential, supportive and collegial workshop delivered online to your computer via Skype. A maximum of 8 participants will be taken to ensure an optimum, online learning environment, so early booking id advised. Morning…