2021 brings us a new year and increased restrictions, and as such I will be once again only offering online sessions, and suspending all in person work.
This time of year typically sees an increase in referrals and enquiries, so if you are in need of some extra support then well done for getting this far. Times are tough, and research shows that online counselling can be really effective. Whilst it is different to meeting in person, it can still offer valuable support and has the advantage of giving you loads of choice about who you see and- of course- there’s no travelling to bother about.
So, please get in touch if you think this could just be the time for you to reach out.
I am thrilled to announce that as of 23rd November 2020 I am an ‘Accredited’ member of the BACP. This is the next step on my professional journey and has taken many hours of work.
And if you’re wondering what Accreditation actually is … well, you’re not alone! navigating counselling qualifications can be a tricky business. Here’s what the BACP website has to say about it:
‘Accredited membership–A quality standard for experienced practitioners Accredited membership is the next step for registered members who have been in practice for at least three years. Gaining accreditation demonstrates to clients and employers that you have achieved high standards of knowledge, experience and development.’ (BACP 2020)
So there you have it- a small (ish!) but significant step in my pursuit to be the best practitioner I can be. You can ask me about this if you are interested, but otherwise rest assured that I work in a way which is recognised by the BACP to have a high standard of knowledge experience and development.
And I am really proud to have reached this milestone 🙂
As England enters a second, national lockdown, I will be temporarily stopping all face to face counselling.
Sessions will be offered to all clients online (via Zoom) and, when restrictions allow, sessions will once again resume in person- as soon as it is safe to do so.
This is not an easy decision, nor one taken lightly, and it will have an impact on therapeutic work at what is already a very stressful and demanding time. However, online sessions can be really effective, supportive and- of course- be done from anywhere, so whilst it may not be your first choice, it might be worth a try.
If you are a new client, or thinking about getting yourself some extra support at this time, then do get in touch. Whilst I am not working in person for the next few weeks, there are several counsellors who are still offering face to face work if that is your preferred or only option, so don’t let this lockdown stop you getting valuable support.
After working online for over 5 months, I am pleased to say that from the beginning of August 2020, I will be offering both online and face-to-face sessions for counselling. This means that you can chose whatever suits you best- online or in person, or switch between the two should you want to.
If you want to do counselling online I am using Zoom, and can send you info via email about how I work, how much things cost, and the ins and outs of Zoom (which you probably already know).
If you want to do sessions in person, then you’ll need to be symptom free and give me your name and number for track and trace. I’ve done a full assessment, and counselling chairs are two and a half meters apart, so we can use social distancing to keep each other safe. There is also plenty of hand gel and hand washing facilities for you to use, as well as a thorough cleaning regime in between clients. So rest assured, we can meet in person and both be safe. I can also send you more info about this, and of course you are welcome to wear a mask or a visor too should you wish.
So, if you are thinking of getting in touch then drop me a line- it would be great to hear from you.
Oh, one last thing- should sessions need to be on line at any time in the future, then I would let you know ASAP and we could hop online and keep your usual time and day.
Due to public health concerns about COVID -19 I, like many of my counselling colleagues, have decided to work solely on-line and not offer face to face counselling sessions for the time being.
This is a huge change, made at speed and with very little consultation with my current clients- not the way I usually l like to work AT ALL. So, it was a difficult decision. And in many ways goes against my philosophy of offering accessible, warm support which is gadget-free and relational.
These are unusual times and though it may feel counter instinctive, I must act for the greater good and take swift action to protect my current clients, family and community to avoid social contact and potentially spreading the virus, and to ensure that some support can continue even in these times of restricted movement.
So… for the next month at least, all sessions will be on-line and will mean you need access to a computer / tablet / device (with reliable power source / battery) with a camera and speakers, OR a smart phone. You’ll also need somewhere private and safe to be whilst we connect on-line.
Sessions will be offered at a reduced rate, and there will be increased flexibility as to when sessions happen, how long they are as well as a more flexible cancellation policy.
Sessions may also feel a little weird at first- but then we are all getting used to that! And- as with so many things- we will work together and stay in close contact to make sure you as a client feel supported and get what you need and this strange time.
If you have any more questions then please ping me a message- I am open for business.