Covid 19 Policy Update: November 2020
Since the new lockdown came into effect on 5th November 2020 I have reviewed my policy on working through the pandemic. On a case by case basis I am negotiating with clients to offer them a service that takes account of individual needs and preferences, whilst meeting my legal and ethical obligations.
Face to Face Counselling
In some cases face to face counselling will be appropriate. This is possible for me to provide from my room at the Practice Rooms, because there are measures in place to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
The building is not open to the public, and is only accessible by appointment. Everyone who enters the building is asked to wear a mask in the hall and stairway and to use the provided hand sanitizer on arrival.
The specific room I work in is large and allows space for social distancing. The room is well ventilated between sessions and regular touchpoints will be cleaned.
I am also offering remote counselling sessions via Zoom or Skype if this is preferred or necessary due to the need for shielding or self-isolation.
Each client will have different needs and wishes in this regard, so this is something I will talk through with you so that we can try and find a way of working together that mitigates risk, but is also effective therapeutically.
I may also need to adapt this policy if the government guidelines change or as required by my professional body (BACP).