Global pandemic-induced symptoms can be tough to deal with. Covid-19 counselling and therapy is designed to work with you to manage and remove some of those symptoms. It can be offered either face-to-face or online and can cover a range of concerns from emotional and psychological troubles to marital problems.
When dealing with concerns stemming from the pandemic and its impact, it is possible to reduce symptoms and provide continuing therapy, if needed, making life much more tolerable.
COVID-19 - what are the typical psychological and emotional responses?
Not every reaction to the pandemic is listed above. However, there are typical and may be managed with counselling and therapy.
As a result, online therapy for Coronavirus can help make sense of it all and look at all the numerous factors that create the different feelings stated above.
How can COVID-19 counselling help?
- Work through your thoughts and feelings in a confidential, empathic, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.
- Support in isolation and quarantine.
- Help with children who are unable to attend a school or leave home.
- Therapy can be used to work through a range of challenges.
- Help you to cope with challenging ideas.
- Regulate your feelings to avoid being overwhelmed.
- Work with you and your family to reduce stress and improve communication.
- Your relationship may benefit from relationship therapy if you are both feeling stressed.
- Help with anxiety and depression.
- Working with loss, especially grief.
- Calming and reducing the intensity of intrusive thoughts and OCD symptoms.
What are my options for COVID-19 therapy if I am unable to leave my home?
Fortunately, counselling and therapy do not require clients and therapists to meet in person. As a result, Billy Smith Therapy can offer online therapy in the convenience and safety of your home.
Researchers in the US and Germany have found that online therapy is just as beneficial as face-to-face therapy, especially over the long term. An updated study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in March 2020, compared face-to-face and remote therapy in terms of the quality of the interactions. Regarding how effective the therapy relationship was, how much clients disclosed, or degrees of empathy, attentiveness, and engagement, there was minimal difference between the two groups.
There is no us and them!
Clients often present issues that the therapist does not share. As a result, neither the therapist nor the client is ‘in the same boat’ regarding their feelings.
Our collective reality is that we are all experiencing terrible emotions, significant life changes and not knowing when it will end due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
A thinking mind and emotional regulation are the keys to surviving this pandemic’s psychological and emotional experiences. They are the cornerstones of a good therapeutic relationship. We will assist you in achieving just that while also examining the surrounding concerns, worries, and fears affecting you. Thus, although we may not be able to do anything about the epidemic, we can help you deal with the challenges you are facing. COVID-19 therapy can help. Contact me to make an appointment via the ‘Contact‘ page.
World Health Organisation general guidance.
- COVID-19 has and is likely to affect people from many countries, in many geographical locations. When referring to people with COVID-19, do not attach the disease to any particular ethnicity or nationality. Be empathetic to all those who are affected, in and from any country. People who are affected by COVID-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness.
- Do not refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases”, “victims” “COVID-19 families” or “the diseased”. They are “people who have COVID-19”, “people who are being treated for
COVID-19”, or “people who are recovering from COVID-19”, and after recovering from COVID-19 their life will go on with their jobs, families and loved ones. It is important to separate a person from having an identity defined by COVID-19, in order to reduce stigma.
- Minimize watching, reading or listening to news about COVID-19 that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources and mainly so that you can take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts; not rumours and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals from the WHO website and local health authority platforms in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours. Facts can help to minimize fears.
- Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit both the person receiving support and the helper. For example, check by telephone on neighbours or people in your community who may need some extra assistance. Working together as one community can help to create solidarity in addressing COVID-19 together.
- Find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories and positive images of local people who have experienced COVID-19. For example, stories of people who have recovered or who have supported a loved one and are willing to share their experience.
- Honour carers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19 in your
community. Acknowledge the role they play in saving lives and keeping your loved ones safe.
From the World Health Organisation