People are increasingly come to recognise that it is necessary to consider the mind, body and spirit holistically if they are to bring about desired change. Talking therapies can make an important contribution to the health and welfare of people experiencing psychological distress. Research has consistently shown that the most important factor in achieving positive and desired for outcomes is the quality of the therapeutic relationship you develop with your counsellor or psychotherapist.
The terms counsellor and psychotherapist are often used interchangeably, but what they both have in common is the utilization of talking openly and honestly to a trained person who is, initially at least, something of a stranger to you. Such an endeavor will require courage and commitment on your part, and a willingness to take a risk in order that things might be different in your life. That you are reading this suggests that you want things to change, and the attempts you have made to bring this about thus far have not worked. A 'leap of faith' is necessary on your part then, and the therapeutic 'journey', even though difficult for you, will present the possibility that things can be different and better. Remember that if you continue to do what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.
Psychotherapy and counselling involves the development of a professionally supportive and compassionate relationship with a trained professional outside of your established social network. Surprisingly perhaps, it is that very separateness that can enable you to understand your difficulties in new ways, and thus move toward living your life in the way you want it to be.
I have recently restarted face to face sessions. Given the current Covid 19 situation, this has required measures be taken to help ensure the safety of those attending for psychotherapy and counselling. For your information, this includes all contact surfaces being sprayed with disinfectant between sessions, seating being placed a minimum of two metres apart and the room being naturally ventilated before and during contact. You are welcome to wear a face shield/mask should you wish, and I will wear one too at your request. I will continue to provide freshly filled drinking water on request, and you are welcome to bring your own bottled water/drink should you prefer. During our movement through the property toward the therapy room, there should be no requirement for us to be in close proximity for an extended period of time, nor for this proximity to be any closer than one metre at any point. Should you experience any symptoms of Covid-19, or be told to self-isolated by authorities, please inform me at the earliest opportunity.
HM Government’s ‘Track and Trace’ policy places an obligation on enclosed public meeting places to maintain a list of names and contact details of people attending those places If required to do so by the authorities, your details may thus be passed to duly appointed persons should a request for contacts/attendees be received. This may include your name, telephone number and/or email address. The reason for attendance at my address will not be disclosed, and I will endeavour to inform you at the earliest opportunity that such a request has been received.
A risk assessment tool has been completed to help ensure the safety of all attendees. I keep a copy of this in the therapy room which is available to view on request.
I hope that this statement helps reassure anybody considering therapy 'in person'. If you have any outstanding questions regarding management of risk and Covid-19, you are welcome to make contact either via telephone or email.