Restart One was formed in April 2020 to offer online single-session therapy.

At a time when waiting lists for counselling help were growing longer in most places, the accessibility of online and phone therapy seemed to offer a simple alternative.

March 2020 saw lockdown in the UK and around the world. This made access to therapy services far more problematic. Many counselling agencies were unable to take on new referrals and moved to working online with existing clients.

Things are likely to stay this way for quite a while, with many seeking help as lockdown is gradually eased.

The idea is to make the experience of therapy smoother, cheaper, more focused, and just a lot less hassle all round.

Whether it’s for you or your employees, therapy online or by phone is accessible, removing travel time, driving, public transport, parking and the risk of infection.

The aim is to offer therapy with a minimal wait time. If you need help, you need help now – not months ahead.

And if I can’t offer you a therapy session within your timeframe, I will signpost you to other therapists offering online SST.

Angus Lyon

I am a therapist who also writes. I currently work as a single-session therapist.

By training I am a psychodynamic and solution-focused counsellor and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I was a director and co-founder of Catalyst Counselling CIC, a social enterprise providing counselling, therapy training and employee assistance programmes in East Anglia. I retired from my directorship of Catalyst on moving to the south coast of England near Southampton in 2019. Before working as a therapist I practised law for over 30 years.

In 2015 I wrote A Lawyer’s Guide to Wellbeing and Managing Stress in collaboration with lawyer support charity LawCare and I am a member of the advisory board of The Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions in Spain.

And I write on wellbeing in the legal media.