Effectively resolve your problems in a supportive therapeutic environment
If you are reading this you have probably hit a crisis point in your life, maybe after months or even years of suffering and struggling on your own. Perhaps it’s the death of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, an obsessive-compulsive or shaming pattern of behaviour, or maybe the long shadow of childhood sadness. But whatever brings you here you have also now taken a step towards resolving your problems and moving forward in your life.
My name is Jonathan Dyson and I offer a calm, confidential and professional online therapeutic space for men and women in which you can talk about what’s happening or what happened in the past.
Working together using Skype or FaceTime or other apps we can begin to tackle what may seem to be overwhelming or paralysing feelings, thoughts, situations, behaviours. We can explore directions and options, open up new ways of understanding and managing, work through and ease the most painful of emotions. Together, we can begin the process of positive therapeutic change.
If you are in crisis, please visit my Links page for sources of support.
I take a positive and optimistic view of the human mind and of clients’ potential to be happy and fulfilled in their lives and to solve their own problems. My job is to help unlock this potential but it is the clients who will ultimately do the work and who will continue the work when therapy ends. I will provide the tools and perspective and insight and expertise.
Whatever brings you to therapy my aim as an online psychotherapist and counsellor using Skype and FaceTime is to listen to you, support you and work with you, respectfully, affirmatively and without judgement, regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, belief system or lifestyle.
I describe myself as an “integrative” therapist. This means that rather than strictly following a single theoretical model of how the mind works and how mental distress can be relieved, I draw on a range of ideas including psychoanalytic theory, person-centred and existential theories and cognitive and behavioural models. For me every client is unique and complex in terms of what they bring to therapy and in terms of their personal history. Being an integrative therapist gives me the flexibility to tailor my work to this uniqueness and complexity.
For some men and women embarking on a course of counselling or psychotherapy their primary desire is to gain insight and understanding, which from my point of view might mean working in a more analytical way, helping to sift through what is being said (and not said) and finding meanings and answers. For other clients there may be a desire to actively and consciously focus on changing unhelpful thought patterns or unhappy behaviours – an area of practice known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). At the other end of the spectrum some clients’ journey through therapy will be emotional and freeform, with cues provided by feelings and memories and dreams. Here I will aim to provide a space in which clients feel safe enough to be emotional and freeform but I will also ‘ground’ them back in ‘the real world’ if emotions become overwhelming. These are just three examples. I could have given other, different examples. There is no right or wrong way to do therapy.
I view all clients holistically and somatically: I believe mind and body are part of the same organic system and mental distress is often expressed physically and can often be relieved through physical therapies as simple as taking a walk in the park or lying down in a darkened room and spending ten minutes deep-breathing. If you have a look at my Links page you can connect to further sources of information about practices such as deep-breathing, meditation and mindfulness, which can be used to supplement our talk-based work.
Finally and perhaps most importantly, I’m a “relational” therapist. By this I mean that the relationship between me as a therapist and you as a client is I believe of the greatest importance, which is backed up by research showing that the quality of the client-therapist relationship is the single most significant indicator of a positive therapeutic outcome. I believe that this relationship, when it works and when both therapist and client connect at a deep level, is profoundly healing and helps undo some of the damage that we have all experienced in more troubled and less happy relationships.
Men and women approach me for help with a wide range of issues. These are some of the areas that I work in as a Skype and FaceTime online psychotherapist and counsellor:
Anxiety and panic
Jealousy and anger
Death and bereavement
Loss of meaning
Gay and transgender
Gender and sexuality
Creativity, creative block
I hold an MSc with Distinction in Counselling Psychology and I am accredited as a psychotherapist and counsellor by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am DBS-checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and insured. I am registered for UK data protection and I am compliant with EU GDPR requirements.
On my Book online therapy page you can find out more about the practicalities of Skype and FaceTime psychotherapy and counselling as well as how to access my booking calendar. The calendar allows you to view my availability and choose the day and time that suits you. Bookings can be made up to 90 days in advance and can be changed or cancelled.
Skype and FaceTime online consultations are charged at £70. Please note that the full fee is payable for missed appointments or if you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice. If you are a new client, please contact me to arrange your initial appointment.
I offer both psychotherapy and counselling in my Skype and FaceTime online therapy practice. There’s no strict or legal definition for either “psychotherapy” or “counselling” but for me counselling tends to be more short-term, looking at a single issue or current situation, whereas psychotherapy can be a more extended therapeutic journey and often involves delving into the past and into deep-rooted problems and traumas that may go back to childhood.
Every course of therapy – and every client – is different. For some, a few sessions are enough to resolve their problem. For others, it may take longer to get to the heart of the matter and begin to move forward. But whether short- or long-term work, it is worth remembering that most positive therapeutic change occurs outside the consultation and relies on you as a client taking the time to reflect on what has taken place in a session and actively implementing changes in your life.
I am an experienced therapist. I have worked therapeutically with men and women both in private practice in London as well as in the NHS, education and voluntary sectors both in London and in the north of England, and I have worked for a number of years with English-speaking clients and expat British communities in Europe and internationally via online therapy using Skype and FaceTime. I am also a former honorary counsellor for British mental health charity Mind and I am accredited as a bereavement counsellor by Cruse Bereavement Care. However, if I do not feel I am the right therapist for you and I think that it may be more appropriate for you to seek help elsewhere I will discuss this with you and signpost you as appropriate.
On my Links page you can access self-help resources including meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises. You can also find information about organisations and websites offering independent advice about therapy and mental health issues. If you are in crisis and urgently need help, please go to my Crisis support section, where you will find information about British and international support services that may be of assistance.