3 May 2020

Reassurance in light of recent guidelines regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

**22nd July 2020 - PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL BE UNABLE TO TAKE ON ANY NEW CLIENTS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2020

**3rd May 2020 - FOLLOWING CURRENT GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS ALL SESSIONS WILL BE VIA VIDEO OR TELEPHONE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE I will endeavour to return to face to face sessions as soon as possible**

In light of the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic I have provided some information mainly aimed at existing clients but also useful for potential clients considering starting therapy.

Telephone and video therapy

I am ensuring that I am able to continue to provide therapy sessions via Facetime video (these are both end-end encrypted and therefore more secure platforms) Zoom (regarded largely as secure but have been some security issues during the pandemic) and Skype (this is less secure; there is a very small chance that the conversation may be intercepted). All these mediums are free. I am also happy to have telephone sessions and I will call you (UK only) so no charge will be incurred by you.

We will need to establish connection via the chosen format prior to the session so please provide me with the correct mobile phone number to use (for Facetime) or send a contact request to amandagwilliamson on Skype.

Please ensure you are in a private space. Some therapists have told me that their clients are even using their car for privacy which I think is a good idea in the absence of another suitable private space.

If via video, it is better if I am able to see your head and upper body where possible. It might be worth wearing headphones. I have good data connectivity; it might be worth using wi-fi if your telephone data signal is impaired.

I advise that you give yourself sufficient time and space either side of the session in order to be in the right head space. It can feel a little confusing with no journey to and from the therapy room. I have been doing video and telephone sessions for several years so it is familiar territory for me. I am also suitably insured.


Please refer to the original therapeutic contract in respect of cancellations and sickness:



      Cancellations made at least one week in advance - no fee payable
      Between one week and 48 hours in advance – half fee payable
      Less than 48 hours – full cost of the session is payable

Cancellation charges also apply in the event of sickness and poor weather conditions. Telephone sessions and usually Skype or FaceTime/WhatsApp Video sessions are available by prior arrangement if you are unable to physically attend.



General anxiety around COVID-19

There is quite understandably a lot of anxiety around the ever changing situation. Please limit your exposure to the onslaught of information regarding this pandemic. If we expose ourselves to a constant drip feed of panic inducing articles we do not improve outcome and may even harm our psychological and emotional wellbeing. Of course we need to be prudent in this unprecedented situation and work together to protect the more vulnerable in society. My suggestion is to spend some time once a day, maximum twice a day, reading government updates https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response which includes a link to the NHS coronavirus updates.

As always I recommend the use of mindfulness apps such as Headspace and Calm (especially their Breathe feature; good for help with calming down breathing). Eating well, exercising (eg walking, running, yoga if well enough) and good sleep hygiene (definitely no reading about coronavirus in bed!) are steps that we can all take to maximise our physical and mental wellbeing.

I recently wrote a blog post about various Apps that can be helpful in reducing in anxiety.

I look forward to connecting and continuing our work together and will contact clients directly should there be any further developments.


Amanda

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