Online counselling reaches a new group of employees

Some people would rather log onto the Web than lie down on the couch.
By Cedric M. Speyer
|CHRR, Guide to Pensions & Benefits|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

There is a Zen master who receives pilgrims for spiritual counselling in his hut at the top of a mountain. At the bottom of the mountain is another cabin, where seekers have to do 3,000 ritual prostrations before making the climb for an in-person session.

Upon being asked why he makes it so difficult for disciples to see him, the master simply replied that when people finally arrive, they want to get right to the point.

Communicators in the 21st century have come to expect instant access, if not instant gratification in the process of “connecting” with each other. Much of the counselling that is being done is to address the dreaded feeling of being disconnected, on whatever level.