Before the pandemic most of my counselling work was done face to face in my therapy room and I plan to return to this in due course. However with infection rates still high and with the risk of the new Omicron variant still uncertain, I am going to continue working online for the time being. I review this policy on a monthly basis; the next review date is January 3rd, when I return to work after the Christmas break.
Updates will be posted here and on my Counselling Southsea Facebook page.
As a client, it’s very important that you feel confident about and safe with the therapist you’re working with; for this reason, I’m upfront and transparent about my personal vaccination status which is that I’m fully vaccinated and have recently had the booster jab. As we now know, this does not mean that someone can’t get ill or pass on the virus but it does offer high levels of protection and reduces the risk of onward transmission.
When I start offering face to face sessions again, I won’t be asking you as my client to disclose your personal status; it will be up to you whether to disclose that. However I will ask that you don’t attend sessions in person if you’re unwell in any way or, obviously, if you or someone in your household has tested positive for Covid. In this situation, sessions can take place on Zoom if you’re feeling well enough.
If you’re clinically vulnerable, simply worried about sitting in a therapy room, or live too far away to make in person sessions viable, I will continue to offer sessions on Zoom for the foreseeable future.
Covid-19 mitigation measures
When I resume in person sessions, these are the measures I’ll put in place:
- Physical distancing in the therapy room of 1.5 metres between your seat and mine
- The window will be open throughout the session to improve ventilation
- The room will be aired for at least 30 minutes between clients and hard surfaces wiped down
- I’ll ask you to bring your own bottled water and tissues
- Hand gel will be available
- There will be a HEPA air filter machine in the room
- Unfortunately I won’t be able to offer bathroom facilities
If you have any questions about my Covid-19 policy or on any other aspect of my work, please do drop me a line.
Take good care