Silver Linings! – Now offering Confidential and Convenient Online Counselling
We’ve never passed this way before – never faced a crisis that’s impacting our entire world. COVID-19 has brought with it the reality that the world as we know it is changing and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. The uncertainty can cause feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. The good news is that there are some things over which we do have control. I thought I would reach out with kind thoughts to let you know how I can support you.
The availability of the internet is good in that it provides news and information, but it also floods us with images of what’s happening in the world even as we watch. Our minds resist the message that we must totally change the way we live if our community is to survive. We feel helpless and powerless. What, after all, can we, as individuals, do in the face of global crisis?
Social distancing brings its own issues. Those who live alone feel lonely and isolated when the usual outlets of work, school, friends and socializing are gone. On the other end of the scale, even in the most loving families and relationships, enforced togetherness over long periods can be stressful. As time passes, irritability, boredom, and frustration will grow, and the natural tendency is to take it out on those to whom we’re closest.
We’re told to stay home, avoid touching, isolate, but these things go against our nature as human beings. Now, through nobody’s fault, they have become dangerous.
Author Wayne Muller, in his book Sabbath, says that: “In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.”
Muller explains that: “Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor.” My hope is that we will all take time to find “…a refuge for our souls”, our own oasis of sacred time and see the Silver Lining behind the dark cloud that is COVID 19. Could this be our time of Sabbath?
One of my musings during my own “refuge for my soul”, has been on how best to support you in these critical times. My work requires a high level of personal interaction; yet at this time I am required to be responsible, stay home, and practice social distancing.
My Silver Lining is that I can move my practice online until this is over. Research proves that online therapy is effective, confidential, secure and convenient. In fact, with the advent of COVID-19, most mental health services in Europe and the USA are now being provided online and this is expected to grow and continue.
In whatever way you’re being affected in this crisis, my support is easily and readily available. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, isolated and confused. Or you might just need a safe space to talk.
Your relationship might be under stress and you feel irritable and disconnected. Remember, you don’t have to be in dire straits before you seek help, talking can get you through difficult situations, and can help you build resilience against stress. Therapy and counselling can help you recapture lost hopes and dreams.
Online sessions are available to individuals as well as to couples. We meet on Zoom in video sessions. I am very familiar with Zoom, having previously met with clients using this technology. It allows me to meet with both partners together in the same session.
Here’s how it works:
– Send me a message through the “Request a Consultation” box on this page or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just call me at 768 6477 to request a free 20-minute consultation; let me know the date/time you would like to meet on Zoom for your free consultation, allowing at least 24 hours between your request and your consultation
– I meet with you on Zoom at the agreed time for your free 20-minute consultation. At the consultation, I provide you with information on the process, including fees, currently at reduced rates, in order to offer you more support at this time.
So what will you do to adapt to this new COVID-19 season? Control what you can, and trust God with what you can’t. Accept that there will be changes to how our world operates, and plan to adjust as best you can.
Recognize when you need help and: Send me a message through the “Request a Consultation” box on this page or you can call me now at (868) 768 6477 or email me at email@example.com . Your consultation is free and then we take it from there.
Philippians 4:6, 7
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.