COVID-19 - a therapeutic challenge
It's clear the growing outbreak is having a massive impact on all facets of our society, and therapy and mental health services are no exception. As COVID-19 anxiety increases, therapeutic services are having to consider their options carefully, with many moving their sessions on to Skype or Zoom in an attempt to ensure the safety of both staff and clients. Many private therapists however, are still seeing their high risk clients face to face as many are deemed to be in crisis situations, but as the situation develops it's clear having face to face consultations may become near on impossible.
The implications this has on those clients who may not have access to video facilities, to confidentiality, to those in crisis, to vulnerable adults or children who rely on therapy and mental health services are distressing to consider.
What we are finding is that therapists are looking at increasingly innovative ways of supporting their clients so as to ensure continuity of care as much as possible during these very turbulent times. Coronavirus anxiety is also very distressing for many and we are likely to need to support even more people than ever before right now