In order to provide continuity to my clients therapeutic process I have adapted to online methods of communication as we are all having to do to stay in contact with loved ones. Whilst this is not always ideal it does still provide the valuable help at a time that it is needed and brings huge benefit and success.
Due to the reduction of lockdown restrictions I am now in a position that I can offer more face to face sessions while continuing with online video sessions. Each case is being assessed for their individual needs with various factors being taken into consideration.
People may have their preferences as to how they want to attend but the following chart illustrates what needs to be considered. This may help you to start thinking about what may be best for you. If you are already sure then please read the additional precautions and procedures detailed further on.
ATTENDING THERAPY IN PERSON
What I have put in place is based on personal consideration and also guided by the professional ethical standards of the BPS and HCPC in which I abide by.
I have a duty of care to ensure the safety of my clients foremost, myself as therapist so I can provide best practice and then the safety of parties beyond that of myself and the client. Therefore I am taking into consideration the need to minimise any chance of transmission of the virus within and beyond the therapy room and to be able to track and trace easily between clients if one of my clients were to present with symptoms.
Please consider what I have put in place and whether you feel comfortable with this enough to attend therapy sessions in person.
ATTENDING THERAPY ONLINE
It may not always be possible to attend sessions in person and so video platforms can offer an opportunity for therapy to reach to a wider range of people.
Hectic lifestyles involving multi-tasking work and home life, particularly with the onset of home schooling.
Lack of transport to travel
Restricted by mental issues that require the help.
Living remotely to any services.
No suitable services in your area
This said, it is important that you can prioritise your mental health by finding the time to travel to sessions as this can be hugely beneficial in helping you to step away from a hectic home space or the confines and boredom of your lockdown environment.