Coronavirus

Information for existing clients and supervisees

I will update this page regularly as the situation develops and as NHS and Government advice changes. 

Looking after yourself

Coronavirus continues to impact on many aspects of our lives, and there is ongoing uncertainty about how the situation will develop locally and nationally.  It can be compulsive to want to keep on top of every new development in the COVID-19 story. I recommend not spending too much time each day engaging with the news, but ensuring you pursue a wide variety of activities to maintain your physical and mental well-being.

I would tend to recommend looking at official websites for your information about the pandemic, as there has been some unhelpful and scare-mongering information posted online about COVID-19.  The latest NHS advice on coronavirus is here and the UK government's response to the situation is here.  Comprehensive reporting can be found on the BBC News webpages. 

A really useful compilation of resources for supporting your mental health during the current crisis is available from the York Explore library service.  An accessible introduction to the use of tapping to relieve anxiety can be found in this YouTube video.

Planning for future face-to-face sessions

Friargate Meeting House has now reopened part time and I have been in initial discussions with their staff about the measures they are putting in place to make face-to-face sessions a possibility again. 

At present I have decided to take a cautious approach and will continue to do all sessions by phone or video throughout the summer months.  I will review this position during September, taking into account the national situation, latest government advice, developments at Friargate, and the readiness of yourself and other clients to return to a public building.

I am more than happy to hear any thoughts you have around attending sessions at Friargate in future, and what reassurances you might need before you felt it possible.

If you have cancelled your sessions for the time being, I will contact you as soon as I am able to offer face-to-face appointments again, and you will have priority over any new clients.

Continuity of sessions

Meanwhile I continue to offer counselling and supervision to existing clients and supervisees by phone or video conferencing.  Telephone or video sessions may seem daunting, and they are certainly different, but in my experience they can be an effective way of receiving support.  We can try one or the other or switch between them.

To ensure confidentiality in video sessions I offer either Zoom or Vsee.  I'm aware there were security concerns with Zoom in the early days of lockdown, but Zoom appears to have responded quickly to these, and I am careful to download and install each update issued at the earliest opportunity.  An alternative if you would prefer it is Vsee, a video conferencing software with a high level of security and privacy, designed specifically for health consultations. 

I've added the additional terms and conditions that apply to telephone and video sessions respectively to my Terms of Business page.

I'd like to assure you that if I become unwell I will stop working immediately and I will give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation of your session.

The future

For those of you who have enjoyed working remotely, who live further away, or for whom the idea of meeting face to face does not appeal for any reason, I'm considering ways in which I can offer a choice of face to face, video or telephone sessions in the future.  More details will follow in due course.

If you have any questions or concerns about your sessions in the light of coronavirus, please get in touch with me.

Version 14, 1 August 2020