Wheel of Control and Online counselling
Many people are understandably, struggling to adjust to the lifestyle changes imposed as a result of the unprecedented, Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic. Deserted streets and the invisibility of the virus makes it more difficult to digest the severity of the response.
When our emotional brain experiences these unexpected, higher levels of uncertainty, we automatically “irrationally react” rather than “logically respond” often reverting to our fight or flight survival mechanism.
In that moment, our brain literally believes it is going to be eaten alive by another animal so becomes confused as to whether we’re being exposed to a traumatic trigger or not.
Online Counselling sessions can help you:
to understand and to re-programme or re-frame these unhelpful reactions, thinking patterns and behaviours so that you feel less anxious, overwhelmed and scared.
Some typical client emotional responses to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic so far are:
- Increased OCD behaviours
Sharing these issues with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist in a safe, supportive, confidential environment often helps especially online counselling.
Many of my online counselling clients found this wheel of control tool I recently developed very helpful too:
Where can you do online counselling, online CBT or online psychotherapy sessions?
You should do all that you can to find a private and undisturbed place for online counselling sessions. If you feel confident that you cannot be overheard, you will be able to engage in the session more fully. You may need to be creative about finding confidential space, perhaps even sitting outside your house in the car if you have one or in the supermarket car park when you do any essential shopping. Some people also use outside spaces such as a summerhouse or shed or speak during their daily exercise time (eg whilst walking). (You will also need to ensure that any vulnerable members of your household have adequate care and supervision for this time. If this is not possible, we may need to review the suitability of the service I am able to offer.)
How safe and secure are online counselling, online CBT or online psychotherapy sessions?
Secure data transmission and client privacy is my number one priority. and I utilize state-of-the-art security and encryption protocols, ensuring compliance with UKCP and BACP requirements.
We will both agree not to make any kind of recording of sessions conducted by phone or video-link.
You are responsible for the security of your devices, employing password-protection, having regularly updated virus-checkers and firewalls installed etc. (Please discuss any concerns with me).
I will ensure that my devices are secure at all times as above.