Update: 5th January 2021Covid & Lockdown.
I am sad to report that we need to cease meeting in person for our sessions whilst this full lockdown is in operation. However, I propose to continue all our work together online. Same time and duration of appointments, just not at the therapy room.
All our services are available online via Zoom, Whatsapp, Skype or a similar service to meet your needs.
There will be no more face to face therapy / counselling / intervention services for the time being due to the current Covid situation.
I hope that we can continue our work together utilising zoom/whatsapp/skype etc. This is amazing, proven and very effective technology. Our sessions will be as before, just online, rather than face to face.
I appreciate that this is not for everyone, and understand if you wish to end our work together until we can reopen the therapy room. Therefore, if you have purchased a block of sessions in advance then we can refund immediately any outstanding, or you can roll the credit over to when we will meet again. Your needs come first.
Many of you already use zoom etc. Some use phone calls, others whatsapp. Whatever helps you continue to maintain wellness and recovery, then let’s find a way. For those I meet for “walking sessions”, these can continue.
One of the proven benefits of actively using ACT – Acceptance Commitment Therapy is the flexible simple approach to all of our struggles. This is a therapy we live in our daily lives. Perhaps that is why we find moving our work online for a while is quite easy for most.
Please let me know how you wish to proceed. I will provide all the information for using online support in advance of our sessions.
Using technology allows us to keep going and maintain government guidelines that will slow the spread of this devastating virus.
Zoom or Skype use the microphone and camera in your smartphone, computer, laptop or tablet. They allow us to have a virtual meeting. Zoom and Skype can be quite scary at first. Experience shows that it is worth trying to use, and gets easier with practice.
Many find that modern smartphones have marvellous video call functions. WhatsApp is our favourite.
Whilst different to face to face sessions we have found this to be online to be highly effective. In some ways, it has advantages for many and allows us to share support material in the session on the screen.
Preparing for online counselling does mean making sure you have set up and tested your Zoom or Skype facility. Check you have quiet time at your location. Prepare the room, checking your background that will be in view by your therapist.
How To Connect
I will email, WhatsApp or text you an appointment time with info on how to connect. Please let me know your preference.
We will provide you with a link, login number and passwords for each appt the day before.
http://www.zoom.us Zoom www.zoom.us
Skype connect with bill_stevens_redchair
Google Meet email@example.com is how you will find us on google meet.
https://www.whatsapp.com/?lang=enWhatsApp 07789480286 for WhatsApp calls, video calls etc
How To Prepare For Online Therapy
Prepare a private space free from interruption. This is your time. Practice using the online equipment. Test the audio and video. When using video, avoid being backlit by a light or window as you will be a silhouette. look to have light from front.
Have a plan B. If the tech is playing up, we can go to a phone call or onto WhatsApp.
Walking and talking really works for many. Meeting at the Wilmslow Clinic or your chosen location, you and your therapist walk, talk and process how to use and apply ACT in context of the agreed agenda.
This option is not for all, yet for those that choose it, there are many benefits. This option is relatively weather dependent. Rain does not put us off.
Audio – Bill Stevens
Bill Stevens narrates some ACT consistent audio exercises you can use in your one time.
With mindfulness and relaxation audio files it helps to create a quiet space free from interruption. Put your phone on silent and shut the door. Sit in a supportive and comfortable chair or lie down.
Throw Out The Anchor – Grounding Exercise
Throw out the Anchor with this simple ACT consistent exercise. Learn to be fully present in the here and now. Learn to be actively noticing your direct experience in terms or the 5 senses. Touch, Sound, Taste, Smell, Sight.
The Sandman – Defusion Exercise
When you feel full to burst with unwanted thoughts feelings and sensations, then ACT invites you to defuse, unhook and free yourself up. Gaining a perspective whilst feeling free. Use the Sandman exercise now.
Videos and YouTube
Russ Harris excels as always with quality support material. I suggest you all work from his book, The Happiness Trap, and then make good use of his online videos.
Counselling – Therapy Suspended 5th Jan 2021
We continue to offer counselling and therapy in Wilmslow. This can be face to face, online or walking outside. Whatever you choose we will accommodate within the law and requirements of the Covid Restrictions.
We are sadly unable to provide home visits, interventions, sober living, group therapy (for those from different households) urine tests etc.
Face To Face
The room will be cleaned and made as safe as possible before and after every visitor to the room. All points of contact are cleaned between each session.
Your therapist will change arm covers for clean ones before each new client.
Your therapist will wear a mask for your session, only removing it when you agree it is safe to do so.
All clients agree to share responsibility with the therapist for self care. We respect the choices you make.
Toilet facility is available. We ask that clients wipe down surfaces after use. Facilites will be cleaned before/after each client visit.
Gels, paper towels, disinfects and sprays for different types of surfaces are used.
Will you please…
- Not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
- Bring your own water/refreshments.
- Use the hand gel upon entering the room.
- Keep 1 metre from your therapist.
- Use face masks upon arrival and leaving