Covid-19 Information
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5th November - update

Following the announcement regarding the second lockdown beginning on Thursday 5th November, I felt it important to contact you to let you what the ongoing situation is regarding therapy.

Mental Health is considered essential and is therefore exempt from most of the restrictions. However, it remains important to ensure the safety of both my clients and myself.

I have made a number of changes to the office to make sure we are as secure as possible from spreading the covid-19 virus. I will be reviewing these arrangements over the next few days and making a few adjustments.

I resumed seeing clients face to face on June 2nd, and to date there have been no cases reported connected to my practice or my clients. I am confident in the measures I have taken and would not see clients if I felt that either of us would be at risk.

However, I appreciate that this is an anxious time, and that you may not wish to continue face to face sessions at the moment.

If you prefer, we can switch to video/phone sessions, or we can postpone meeting again until later.

I'd be grateful if you could let me know whether you wish to continue face to face, swap to video/phone, or postpone until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

 

September 2nd - latest update.

So far so good. Thanks my clients for taking care when visiting my office I have been able to carry out face to face sessions without any alarms. I have a cleaning routine in place which takes place after each session, so you can be assured that the office is clean and safe. 

The weather has meant that the windows have been open, as this helps ventilate and dilute any possible transmission of the virus. With Autumn and Winter approaching, I have had to make plans to ensure that the office continues to be ventilated safely during sessions. 

I have invested in a eco-friendly ventilation system, which means the air in the office is constantly being refreshed. The office is a large space (70m³), so there is plenty of fresh air anyway, but making sure the air is changed regularly is important. 

I have also purchased new heaters, which are more efficient, and will be placed so the way air circulates avoids possible transmission. 

It's all a little complicated, but worth doing to make sure we are all safe in the office. 

August 12th - an update about face masks

The government has recently announced an extension to covid-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of face masks.

Mental health settings such as mine have been exempt from most restrictions (including closure), providing that a risk assessment has been carried out, and that appropriate measures are carried out (which I have done, and continue to update and monitor).

You do not have to wear a face mask in my office during a session. However, if you wish to do so, that is fine. If you wish that I wear one as well, please let me know.

I check my temperature daily before travelling to my office. I have restricted any contact outside to a few close family and someone in my support bubble. I always wear a mask in settings such as shops.

I regularly clean the office, first thing in the morning, and after each client. The office is well ventilated and we are able to sit more than two metres apart.

I am aware of the need to take care in these difficult times. I am confident that I have made my office as safe as possible for me to see clients.

If you have any concerns or comments, please let me know.

July 24th - an update

I have been seeing clients face to face for nearly two months now, and so far so good. The measures put into place have been working, and I am grateful to my clients who have attended sessions for their patience and understanding.

With the concerning news that Northampton may go into lockdown, and the introduction of compulsory face masks in shops, I felt it necessary to outline the situation regarding seeing me face to face.

Should a local lockdown occur, you will still be able to visit my office for face to face sessions. Mental health settings that provide counselling/therapy are exempt from government restrictions. Social distancing and hygiene measures are still required, but as long as the guidelines are followed, we will be OK.

Face masks are compulsory from today, and I am pleased to see people wearing in the local shops. Shops are a particularly difficult place due to the enclosed space. The doors close behind you, there are no open windows, the doors at the back are closed - you are in a box with little or no ventilation. If it is a food store, the temperature will lowered, which is the ideal environment for the virus. So a face mask here makes a great deal of sense.

If you struggle with wearing a face mask, practice with one on at home. Many people feel they can't breathe, but they are, all the time. Stress and anxiety often trick the mind into thinking you can't breathe because of physiological changes in the body, but you are still breathing. Try to focus on your surroundings, what you are buying in that shop. Think of a catchy song to keep you occupied - my go to is "White Horses" by Jacky (once in your head you won't be able to think of anything else). Remind yourself that you are safe, that you are in control of you. Breathe slowly and deeply.

You can wear a face mask to my office, but it isn't necessary. The office is well-ventilated, with the air being changed through windows at the back and front, which is the problem in shops - no ventilation.

I am also installing a new ventilation system for when the weather changes and it is harder to keep the windows open, but that's something for the Autumn.

If you have any queries, please let me know.

June 2nd - re-opening

I have resumed seeing clients in person in my Kettering office.

I appreciate that many people are anxious about returning to whatever normality is now, so I am looking to make face to face sessions possible again, within the new norms of infection control.

I have made changes to keep my Kettering office Covid secure (please see photos). These measures include:

  • a hand sanitiser station at the bottom of the stairs
  • payment only by contactless card or online banking - no cash
  • safe distance within the office
  • no contact - handshakes etc
  • my old sofa replaced with chairs that can be cleaned easily
  • all surfaces in contact with clients wiped down after every session
  • easy access to tissues to avoid contact with box

In the meantime, I continue to see a number of clients via video or telephone, and will do so should people need to self-isolate, or feel that they do not wish to venture out just yet. Please see my page Video/telephone appointments for more details.

My online booking system is updated shortly with details of available appointments for both my Kettering office and video/telephone.

If you would like more information, or would like to arrange an appointment, please get in touch. You can call or message on 07972057309, or use the form on my Contact page.