Counselling in the Covid-19 era Clients need to be aware of changes
Check with prospective therapist regarding the precautions they are taking dealing with the killer virus threat.
- Small rooms and not at all suitable for physically distancing. Unfortunately many therapists have been using rooms no longer suitable for face to face meetings. It is advisable to check this with them prior to meeting.
- Some may prefer to wear masks so clarifying the therapist’s position on this is important.
- Sanitiser should be widely available in the office and the building in general. Likewise bacterial wipes etc. You can expect that therapy chairs are cleaned down between Clients.
- The toilets need to be clean and paper towels or air-dyers available.
- If the therapist is practising from their home office it is imperative that they are even more vigilant about the precautions they are taking.
- Clients deserve top class service and not to run the risk of catching a virus when visiting a therapist’s office. Don’t be afraid to clarify.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING A THERAPIST
Studies have shown that the type of therapy the therapist uses is not as important as the relationship you build together. Trust in a healthy established relationship between you and your therapist is vital to help you work on resolving the problems in your life. It is, therefore, important to find a therapist with whom you feel it is safe to share your innermost thoughts and feelings . In psychotherapy, you intentionally make yourself deeply vulnerable to another human being. Being consciously vulnerable is always a frightening position to be in but it is necessary if you are begin the process of healing yourself and finding the sense of inner self-assurance.
Obviously, if you are to make yourself so vulnerable, you must feel safe. Unfortunately the more troubled or stressed out you are, the more difficult it can be to decide just where you do feel safe and comfortable. So I have put together a short guide on how to choose your therapist. This is based on many years of professional experience and discussions with other professional, full-time therapists.