Adapting during difficult times.

Counselling during covid-19.

It’s an understatement to say that it’s been a challenging two months. Many of us have seen our lives disrupted beyond what we could have ever anticipated. We are all learning to adapt to a new ‘normal’; whether that’s social distancing at work or trying to work from home with kids under our feet. None of this is easy.

Many of us have experienced a range of emotions, sometimes hourly! These emotions can range from sadness, anxiety, fear, grief, gratitude; it’s a rollercoaster and all of these emotions are normal responses to our changing worlds. There is a great deal of uncertainty at the moment. We are worried about our futures; how are we going to manage financially? How about our kids futures? What are they going to be like? As humans we don’t like uncertainty. With uncertainty comes insecurity and fear and these are difficult to be with. We feel secure knowing exactly what to expect from day to day, yet at the moment we don’t.

Many of us have experienced loss and grief during the past two months. There may have been death of loved ones which we haven’t yet fully come to terms with. We may be in shock at such a fast changing world and grieving over the loss of what we once knew. There is a sense of a collective grief. Covid-19 has touched us all in different ways. Sadness, anger, despair and fear are all emotions that we may have felt and sometimes it’s so difficult to know what to do with these emotions or we might feel guilt over how we are feeling. It’s ok to feel a whole range of experiences. Allow these emotions to be; they all belong in these uncertain times and trying to feel anything other is a pointless exercise where you will only feel worse.

I am now counselling remotely through a variety of platforms. I offer telephone, email, and online counselling for those that are struggling. I am offering one off sessions to provide you with tools to enable you to cope. If you wish to continue with counselling after the one off session then that can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. I understand that people are not wishing to commit financially at the moment which is my reason for offering this. Email counselling will be offered at £20 each session, which again will provide people with tools that they can use in everyday life as well as exploration and help with processing emotions and thoughts. Online and telephone counselling is offered at £40 an hour.

It may be some time before I can offer face to face counselling again and as soon as I am able I will once again be offering this at £40 an hour.

Take care and stay safe x

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