Covid-19 and Online Counselling
I am closely monitoring the advice from Public Health England and will keep this page updated with the latest information on how I can offer therapy safely and in line with government guidance.
Since the social distancing restrictions were imposed, I've been working online with clients using Zoom, a secure video call. This will continue for the time being and until working face to face is considered a safe option.
It's understandable if you might feel apprehensive about having online counselling. I don't mind sharing that, as a therapist, I felt apprehensive initially about working in this way; I'd done very little online therapy before, I wasn't sure about using the technology, or whether it could work as well as seeing clients face-to-face.
Having worked online now for several weeks with both existing, and new clients, it's become clear that it can work well and is a real option in these changed circumstances.
There are accepted limitations to online counselling sessions: unreliable wi-fi issues, difficulty finding a private space in a busy home, some people might miss the absence of the physically reassuring presence of a counsellor, to name a few. However, there can be unexpected benefits too. For example, some people like to be in the comfort of their own home. For some it helps not to have to travel and, for others, what can feel like an intimidating process to begin, can feel easier by having the screen between us. In addition, if you're looking for a therapist who works in a particular way (eg. if you're looking for a Sensorimotor therapist) you're no longer tied to a specific geographical location.
If you feel you're struggling and have been thinking about seeking support, either because of the impact of Covid-19 or due to issues unrelated to Coronavirus, please feel free to contact me either by phone or email. We can discuss what's prompted you to get in touch and whether I might be the right person to provide the extra support you might be looking for. I'd be happy to hear from you.