Updated: Apr 30
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 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 face to face, online via zoom as well as over the telephone.
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.