Can you access counselling right now?

Now we are in 2021, the uncertainty continues as we move into further Coronavirus restrictions. If you need help with something in your life right now, you can still receive counselling and psychotherapy.

Therapists are moving more and more to remote working – that is, holding sessions by remote means (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp etc), making use of the wonderful technology available. In my experience, these methods of working are proving very successful and I, like many therapists in Lancaster, will be providing more remote services in the future.

However, I recognise that many people, for all sorts of reasons, cannot attend counselling by remote means and need to come to a consulting room.

I can see you face-to-face if you need help during this difficult time.

Psychotherapy governing bodies’ guidelines say that therapists should consider working remotely where possible but there is no directive that all sessions must be held this way. They recognise that, for some, remote sessions are not feasible for all sorts of reasons. If this is the case, face-to-face sessions can be held as long as all reasonable precautions are taken in line with government guidelines. This involves cleaning and distancing measures, hand sanitisation, the wearing of masks where possible and an acknowledgement that clients and therapists alike must not attend sessions if they have any of the recognised COVID-19 symptoms – these are a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell. If they have knowingly been in contact with people with COVID-19, they should not attend sessions but disclose this within the counselling relationship and seek medical advice.

In my practice, I will provide remote sessions where possible. If this is not possible and face-to-face sessions are the only option, I can assure you that necessary and reasonable precautions will be taken, within government guidelines, to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.

The good news is that you can still get help if you need it. Don’t let Coronavirus stop you accessing the help you need. Contact me to discuss how I can help you now.