Following guidance on 16th March on the Coronavirus situation, I have decided to suspend face to face sessions to reduce contact and minimise the risk of infection. I aim to continue to offer the benefits of counselling as best I can while we all face unprecedented challenges.
I will review NHS advice regularly and will post updates here when I restart face to face sessions or make other changes which might affect the service I offer.
In the meantime I’m offering remote sessions, by phone. I plan to offer earlier and later sessions than usual, and potentially sessions on Saturdays.
I have a lot of experience of working remotely, so I know that some clients are initially doubtful but usually find it better than they expect, and some find they actually prefer remote sessions. Here are some points to consider when deciding if you’d like to try this way of counselling.
Phone can be very convenient, eg if you have a caring role, if travel time would make sessions awkward, if you sometimes work away, or if physical or mental health issues make it hard to leave home.
Some clients appreciate the privacy, anonymity and simplicity of phone sessions..
You will need to think about how to have a private space for sessions, and how to keep communications and any information on your phone confidential.
As I would in face to face counselling, I’ll explain my ways of working (for example, around confidentiality and cancellations) at the start of our first session. After the first session, you’re free to take time to reflect on it, and whether you want to book another session.