Counselling in the time of Corona Virus
At this time of tightened restrictions in Tier 4, I must work remotely, using Skype or Zoom, with clients where possible. For some people this may mean starting this way and moving face to face as soon as we are able. Others may be happy to continue to work on-line. When counselling remotely, I still work from my counselling room, which is secure and confidential, but I contact my clients via the computer.
There are some situations where on-line work is not possible and I will meet face to face with those individual clients who really need this and also with couples where the need is urgent. My counselling room is small but has a large window that I keep open. The room is cleaned and aired between clients (I always leave a time gap) and the chair covers changed.
I ask that clients do not attend if they have any Corona virus symptoms and I also undertake to cease any face to face working should I experience any symptoms or become aware of any potential infection. Working face to face you also need to be aware that in the event of infection, I may be obliged to pass on your contact details to Track and Trace.
How does counselling work?
In bereavement, for example, we do know that talking is one thing that can make a difference. So why is that? One of my clients described it as untangling all the thoughts in her head which made it easier to find a way forward, even in the most difficult of circumstances.