As life gets ever busier, the option of counselling via Skype affords fresh opportunities to enlist professional help and learn new ways of managing emotional distress.
Anthony Weiner is finally coming clean about his double life as a serial sexter – admitting that he has had online affairs with 'hundreds of women' since 2009 and knowingly engaged in at least two explicit video chats with an underage girl.
All three defendants are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 21 September for a preliminary hearing.
Two other men initially detained in the case, both aged 24 from Northampton and Ipswich, were released without charge.
Skype is speedy to download, and so long as you have a web camera and microphone, you will be able to be seen and heard by anyone at any point in the world for free if they also have the programme and equipment in place.
Research indicates that the outcome for clients who have undertaken counselling via video link can be similar to those having standard therapy in person.
The 32-year-old allegedly posted comments on the supremacist website Christogenea.org, intending to stir up racial hatred, and had a copy of a manifesto written by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in Norway in 2011.
The memo also quoted several of his therapists who said he appears to be working hard on treatment and does not seem likely to reoffend.
The 22-year-old allegedly had a copy of a ”white resistance manual for fun” and sent “ethnic cleansing operations” to people over Skype.
The three men appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, wearing grey prison tracksuits.
After confirming his details, Deakin told the court: “I’m a prisoner of conscience, I believe I’m innocent of these charges.” He and Vehvilainen gave no indication of a plea and were remanded in custody, while Barrett pleaded not guilty.
Barrett, who was detained at Dhekelia Garrison in Cyprus, will have a bail hearing later today.
One of the most exciting developments in counselling comes from marrying traditional therapist skills with online technology: counselling via Skype online video link.