The usual demands we receive differ on its frequency and acuteness. Some people decide to start with periodic counseling sessions after facing a crisis. So they consider the online counseling as a routine that they keep (once or twice a week) during the time when they are solving their problematic situation (like a divorce or a grief process).
Other people take the online counseling as a regular therapy. So they have an appointment with their online counselor once a week. And they take that regular session as their moment for personal insight, their time for putting in order their thoughts and feelings. People usually avoid getting deeper into what happens to them during the working days, as if in that way they could prevent from getting distracted and being unable to function. When people hide from themselves and ignore self questioning for too long, meanings in their lives may vanish progressively. So even if they consciously avoid getting too pensive when they need to be concentrated on work, it is always positive to give yourself a time for reflecting.
And with that purpose in mind, the online counseling can make a difference.
The third type of demand we receive comes from people who just want to have a professional point of view over an issue that is concerning them. Those people are usually looking for enough encouragement to do something that they are about to do. In those cases, the therapist listens to the variables involved in the issue and acts as an objective witness of the client’s oncoming decision. So the therapist can help to concretize that decision when the person is hesitating. In this kind of demands, the interaction between the two parts lasts until the clients finishes to confront his/her thinking and opinions with the professional’s ones.
As you can see, the frequency of online counseling sessions is strongly related to the acuteness and deepness of the issue that will be covered in the therapy. To give some examples, couples counseling is something that always comes up in weekly sessions even when there are not big problems in a couple but partners just want to improve their experience together (they look for sexual advice or parenting guidance, etc). But a divorce or a grief process is something that has to have a beginning and an end and people need to get through it in order to keep on track with their lives. In the last case, the regularity and incidence of the online counseling should be higher.