How are you feeling?
During these uncertain times, we are faced with circumstances which are forcing us to be away from loved ones. There is a fear of contracting this virulent virus which is killing people on a high scale. The NHS have coped admirably, putting NHS and key workers at risk. We are now forced to stay at home with family members. For many people, lockdown is causing stress and putting pressure on family relationships. There have been record reports of domestic violence, and individuals struggling with mental health problems. Loneliness too is an issue, and people are finding difficulties with living conditions such as small dwellings, and not being able to meet other humans, which after all is a natural human need.
Because many children are not at school, we are having to take on the role as teacher. Children may find this challenging as well as parents, and we are thrown into an unknown territory. We try our best of course, but some of us are finding this difficult. Some parents are having to home school as well as having to keep their careers on track, working remotely from home. This may cause friction in the family.
Time can be another block. Either we have too much time on our hands or too little. How do we find motivation to do the jobs we never had time to undertake before the lockdown? Do you feel guilty having too much time/too little time? And what about self-care? Are you making time for yourself? Are you able to exercise to improve your mental health?
How can we seek help?
Before Covid 19, I had experience with telephone counselling, but I had reservations thinking this could never take the place of 1-1 counselling. I wondered if I would miss important cues such as body language or sensing something different happening which did not tally with the narrative from the client. Lockdown then occurred which stopped all my 1-1 sessions. I knew I wanted to keep supporting my clients, and the only alternative was video calls. This took a bit of getting used to for my part, and I will admit I found it all a bit strange.
Access counselling online
I was relieved to discover that most of my clients are very happy to work online. I have now been working solely online since the end of March, and it has been extremely successful. There are many advantages to working online for example, having a therapy session in the comfort of your own home and at a time convenient for you. I have clients who are nervous leaving their home, especially during this pandemic, and online counselling is the perfect answer. There are no parking or public transport worries, as well as being good for the environment. Clients are now able to work with a therapist of their choice and not just based on location.
Looking to the future
Therapists like myself have had to rethink the model for counselling. No one knows how long this virus will be a threat, and the answer is to look after your mental health, whilst we live in uncertain times. Online videos are so clear, I can observe body language and I can honestly say it is as good as working face to face. Therefore, I would like you to consider online counselling. I am very happy to offer a free consultation if you would like to find out more, so please do get in touch. Counselling is for everyone. Talking to a counsellor who is non-judgmental, congruent and empathetic makes it easier to cope with mental issues.