- Lifestyle & Sports
- 27 Sep 19
Jennifer Griffin, general manager at Turn2Me, on improving access to counselling and psychotherapy online.
Turn2me.org is an online eMental Healthcare and registered Irish charity, founded in 2009 by Oisin and Diarmuid Scollard, stemming from the personal loss of their brother Cormac to suicide. We are an Irish pioneer in the field and provide professional online mental health services across Ireland 24/7, 365 days a year, on all connected devices via our unique three-tier model of psychosocial care.
Turn2me’s three-tiered psychosocial approach is a clinical innovation that developed hand-in-hand with our technology. All three support tiers are managed and delivered by professional counsellors and therapists. It means that a variety of supports are always available, depending on a person’s unique needs at any given time. Sometimes all we might need is psycho-education and peer support – and our Thoughtcatcher innovation is there to help you track your thoughts and moods each day. You can either reflect on these privately, or gain additional peer support if you wish to share this with members on the site.
Through this process, you might discover that you would benefit from additional supports – you can decide to join an online support group on a wide variety of issues, or work individually one-to-one with a counsellor or therapist online. Or you might be in a place where you really just need one-to-one therapy and then discover that you can benefit from the other supports too.
Technology is central to everything we do and, like psychotherapy and counselling, is fundamentally about change and taking a creative, can-do attitude to solving life’s problems. Like therapy, this means being willing not just to succeed but to fail – to have the courage and humility to take ownership of any of our failed attempts.
This is what underlies real growth and change: learning from experience.
For more, go to www.turn2me.org