COVID-19 - Personal Statement
First and foremost, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the key workers who have been working so tirelessly on behalf of us all to keep this virus under control and the country ticking over, often at a risk to their own health.
I would also like to express my deeply felt sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
The course this outbreak has taken has changed many lives and put a lot of people under great pressure, not least because of financial difficulties.
My heart goes out to all of you.
From a professional point of view, I would like to add that these challenging times are often especially difficult for people who are feeling mentally and emotionally fragile. Prolonged periods of isolation and uncertainty can cause insecurities and feelings of distress, even for people who were more resilient before lockdown. These situations can also bring up “old baggage” which makes it more difficult to cope in an already strained situation. It can also be really difficult and draining to live at close quarters with the same number of people day in, day out. Tempers can fray and relationships deteriorate.
The warm, empathic setting of counselling can help with this. Just being listened to in a confidential environment is often experienced as useful. Sometimes, a wider perspective can also be beneficial. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you think you might benefit from a few sessions. Whether it is “addressing old baggage” which overshadows the here-and-now or whether you just need an empathic ear, I am here for you.
I am writing this in August 2020. I am very aware that our situation around the outbreak and management of this virus is ever evolving. At the moment, there is talk about the possibility of a “second wave” and changes to Government Guidelines are being made frequently in order to accommodate the trajectory of the pandemic.
I am abiding by the guidelines of the government and my professional body, the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am trying to be very flexible and am currently conducting counselling sessions online via zoom as well as over the telephone. I am also thinking of returning to face-to-face counselling, observing the recommended precautions. In order to accommodate a great variety of clients’ circumstances, I am flexible with the times I offer.
If you would like to discuss this further with me, please just drop me an email or give me a ring. We can take it from there.