COUNSELLING DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
These are difficult times we are facing, and people are needing support more than ever. Unfortunately, many people are either unable to access support, or are trying to stay safe by not venturing out. As an essential service, counselling is currently exempt from social distancing requirements, so face to face counselling may be available, as long as it is safe for everyone; you can use this Interactive Self Assessment to see if you need to self isolate.
I am currently only seeing face to face clients at my Clifton Hill office. Conditions are compatible with social distancing guidelines: there is only one client and counsellor present at any given time, the premises are appropriately sterilised, and there is a 2 metre distance in the seating arrangement.
If you are not able to attend in person (or prefer not to), it does not mean you have to go without treatment or support; I offer telehealth (telephone or video) counselling, and there are various kinds of funding available to make it more accessible, please see my Fees and Rebates page for further information.
Common reasons people need to access counselling during the pandemic:
You may find that issues you were previously handling are now becoming overwhelming, as a result of the increased stress you are facing causing a depletion of your usual resources or resilience.
Some people may find pre-existing conditons, such as health anxiety, or trauma, are being triggered and require them to renew treatment and support.
Need to address issues directly caused by the epidemic such as: the need to self-isolate, impact on relationships, exacerbation of concern about loved ones, loss of income, feelings of uncertainty, helplessness etc.
You may feel you don't want to burden others with your need for help, knowing that your loved ones are also being affected, and you want someone who can listen, understand, and help you with coping strategies.
Counselling and/or psychotherapy may be something you have been wanting to do for some time and no longer want to delay treatment.
Clients may be able to access funding via Medicare, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) or several other funding options. Please see my page on Fees for further information.
For clarification or assistance in accessing telehealth services, please contact me on 0409 554 701.
As the overwhelming amount of information on coronavirus/COVID-19 is causing issues for some people, I recommend limiting your exposure to what is necessary. Here are some important sources of information:
For government updates and information you can visit the
Department of Health website.
If you suspect you may have COVID-19
call 1800 675 398 – 24 hours, 7 days.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
For general guidelines on how to manage your mental health during ths time, you can read the guidelines on the Beyond Blue website.