As my practice has grown, I have enhanced my face to face work by supporting many clients via secure and confidential online video conferencing.
As the world changes and travel has become more necessary for business and educational purposes, or indeed for those clients working with me from overseas, it has become a very effective and convenient way to provide continuous support.
I am trained to provide sessions on Zoom, Skype and Face Time. For those less comfortable with this format, I also offer sessions by phone.
Due to the unprecedented current events we are all experiencing, in consideration of government guidelines and in heartfelt support of our outstanding NHS workers, I am grateful to my current clients who have elected to continue our work online or by phone.
Regarding face to face counselling sessions, following the guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), it is difficult to clarify whether counselling is deemed essential or non-essential contact.
Currently, neither the Government nor the Department of Health have officially declared therapists as key workers unless they are working in an NHS setting. According to BACP: “We believe this is a judgement that needs to be made with each individual client. For some clients counselling is an essential contact, and you could consider whether telephone or online therapy may be possible.”
If you want to discuss options for how I might be able to support you, please get in touch via the contact page. I am happy to talk you through the different formats our session could take, to find what fits for you. Together, we can work out how best to proceed. I am also happy to help you through how the technology works. I am aware this can feel daunting at first and we all have to start somewhere!
Once we begin our professional relationship, online sessions are no different to face to face ones in that each meeting will be your unique therapeutic space to explore how you find yourself in the world. I will support you to increase your self-knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of what may be causing you distress and together we can the identify what you may need to change in order to reduce your anxieties and raise your self-esteem and sense of connection with the world around you. Don’t let the virus prevent you seeking help when you need it.
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” Richard Bach