Welcome to onlinetalkingtherapy, a private psychological service, specialising in providing bespoke counselling / psychotherapy / clinical psychology, via Skype / FaceTime / phone.
Dr Jonathan Pointer
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, with over 20 years experience working with in the mental health field.
I welcome clients with a variety of issues/concerns/goals (e.g. anxiety, low mood/depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, grief, loneliness, unhelpful patterns in life, personal development), and diverse backgrounds.
I work affirmatively with people who identify as LGBTQ.
I specialise in working with people who often find it difficult to have compassion for themselves, and want to work on developing this side of themselves.
You will find that therapy with me feels natural, supportive, and compassionate. My clients have often been surprised by how much they look forward to their sessions.
Each 50 minute therapy session via Skype/FaceTime/phone, gives you the opportunity to gain emotional support, psychological insights, and practical strategies, for the challenges in your life.
I am willing , if it is clinically appropriate, to see you on a flexible basis. This will enable you to spread out your therapy costs easier.
In your consultations with me, you are likely to experience the following:,
the sense of being truly listened to and understood - you will find that you can share things with me that until now have been difficult to say to another person. This can be a powerful experience.
your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours/actions can be made sense of, when placed within the context of your past experiences, innate nature, and current circumstances.
develop a gentle curiosity towards both the world around you and yourself.
gain psychological insights.
learn new strategies to manage your feelings.
gain a more balanced perspective.
try new ways of acting in some circumstances, that can have a powerful effect on how you feel.
develop different relationship to your thoughts and feelings, so that you are less likely to experience being drawn in to them, as if they are taking you hostage.
develop helpful narratives towards yourself whilst also recognising the unhelpful stories that you have been telling yourself, and which have been hindering you.
develop compassion for yourself and others.
feel more comfortable with uncertainty.
learn to recognise what are your responsibilites and what other people's responsibilities.
become more accepting of things that you can not change.
further develop your self-esteem.
feel more able to take charge of your future direction in life.
make better decisions that will serve you and others better.
manage and/or reduce uncomfortable and painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours/actions.
meaningfully engage with life and all it has to offer you.
your world will begin to grow.
Conversational style of therapy
As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, my integrative perspective affords me the opportunity to draw upon a range of theories and interventions when offering therapy; these include a range of bio-psycho-social theories, existential philosophy, eastern philosophies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), meta-cognitive therapy (MCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness, psycho-education, person-centred therapy, positive psychology, and psychodynamic therapy.
In my experience, within all forms of therapy, most people prefer a conversational style that incorporates emotional support, psychological insights, and strategies to face challenges in life. Therefore, when you are having therapy via Skype/FaceTime with me, I will use this conversational style, which feels natural whilst being a very powerful agent for change.
I will encourage a normative, compassionate, resilience-building narrative in which your strengths are highlighted.