One thing we know for sure is that this is a time of great trauma in our lives, in our country and in the world.
I am consulting online supporting mostly previously established face-to-face therapeutic relationships, and a few first-time clients. We are exploring the current narratives of their lives in lockdown and isolation, in the face of this indiscriminate enemy.
My partner and I are staying in our holiday house in Paradise Beach, Langebaan, for the foreseeable future. We left our apartment in Green Point on the 25 March after hearing about a positive Coronavirus case in our building. I am so thankful that at a time when the focus and attention of myself as a psychologist is essential, I can continue to support previously established face-to-face therapeutic relationships as well as a few first-time clients, online, via Telehealth.
Healing Acts of Kindness
My clients are a group of special people, many of whom have been checking in on me to find out how I am doing. This, in the midst of their own challenges. It’s as if there is a supportive system of connectedness in the world where the best kind of energy and strength is being shared, and where we are learning the ropes from each other as we walk this unpredictable and often scary journey together…
Exploring Emotional Responses
I am grateful that I am able to continue to offer telehealth, or distance therapy, sessions for my clients. I have noticed that some have responded to the trauma of the pandemic with expected intense feelings of anxiety, low mood, guilt at having food and shelter whilst so many are deprived of these basics, and stress over ongoing unpredictability…Read more
How can I help at this time as a Counselling Psychologist?
I continue to process my own responses to the ongoing trauma of this pandemic. This with the ongoing mutual support of my colleagues and with extremely useful online training and information that I have received from both local and international sources. I am pausing with deep muscle relaxation, on a very regular basis, to let the relevant and credible information settle and to draw deep inside myself for strength, calm and balance. It helps greatly that I am living and working surrounded by beautiful nature…Read more