Zac Fine Therapy
For millennia philosophers and spiritual teachers have known that life is characterised by suffering and anxiety. Fortunately there is an antidote: meaning. We can find it by moving towards what has purpose in our lives. Many people seeking psychotherapy have lost touch with this essential mission of self-connection so that life has become an unbearable ordeal of meaningless suffering.
'Negative' emotions such as depression, despair and rage can be great teachers, alerting us that we're on the wrong path. By learning to listen to what's inside, rather than what we think we 'should' be feeling, we can come back to ourselves and feel better. That's what talking therapy or counselling is.
This work takes courage and online video calls with a therapist are a convenient route in. I'll support you as far as you want confidentially, without judgement. A phone consultation is an opportunity to ask questions and in an initial session we can decide whether we want to commit to working together longer term.
In a survey in January 2023 of my former clients, among respondents:
Research suggests that online therapy is just as effective as face to face sessions. But how effective is therapy at lifting people out of misery? A review of 40 years of research ascribed 40% of improvements in clients' lives to changes outside psychotherapy (such as life events and support), 15% to their therapists' technique and 30% to the quality of the therapeutic bond they enjoyed with their therapist (Lambert and Barley, 2002). Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for both anxiety and depression, and it is dose-dependent, meaning that the longer you stay, the better you are likely to feel (Seligman, 1995).
Online therapy has gained popularity recently as it's become more well known. Studies show it's just as effective as face to face therapy. One obvious advantage is convenience: you save the time and expense of travelling, which may make it easier for you to keep your appointments. You can attend sessions in your home, office or car, as long as it's parked safely.
All you need are a private space, an internet connection that's good enough to stream YouTube and a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Headphones or earphones increase the feeling of privacy and improve sound quality.
Being in your own space before and afterwards can be reassuring and comforting, especially for the first few sessions. For some people this can make the difference between accessing support or not. Some other advantages:
Book a session or a phone consultation at the top of this page. I will listen to your story and answer any questions you have about how we can work together. If you want to continue we’ll begin with weekly sessions for six weeks. For some people that's enough. Others continue for months or years for deeper therapeutic change.
Towards the end of each session I'll make space to tie things up and discuss anything that could support your transformation in between our sessions.