Hope you have stayed well, safe and happy.
Although online therapy has been just as successful as face to face in my view, I’m aware that for legitimate reasons there are people who are requesting face to face therapy.
Having had my vaccinations, and being Covid tested twice weekly, which will aid client safety too, I am now in a position to consider opening face to face, as approved by my professional organisation, and have a provisional opening date of the week of 26th April.
For those of you who want to start or continue working online, this will absolutely continue to be an option on a permanent basis – advantages are no travel time and the comfort of your own environment.
However, for those who would like face to face therapy, I will have strict safety and cleaning procedures in place when I open. These will involve some adjustments – PPE for myself and clients, hygiene procedures, additional record keeping and extra time between sessions to clean.
Please consider your own individual health, vulnerability and comfort when considering if you would like to see me face to face or online. I am happy to talk it through with you at any time.
I and almost 500 other EMDR therapists took part in a Zoom seminar this week on EMDR and Mindfulness, led by Alexandra Dent and colleagues. It was amazing! Really gave me food for thought. When lives are busy and stressful it is so easy to lose sight of self care, and I reconnected with mindfulness practice myself. It has also given me further strategies to support clients with the grounding and resourcing required for EMDR.
I closed Mindscape to face to face contact on 16th March due to the Coronavirus. However, I am providing contact and sessions by Skype, phone, Zoom, WhatsApp and email currently until this crisis is resolved. I have no symptoms of the illness and neither does anybody I have been in contact with to my knowledge. However, the fact remains that I have a number of clients with serious medical conditions who would be significantly impacted on by Coronavirus spread, so I made this decision sooner than required, after discussion with my supervisor who is taking the same course of action. I’m sure you can understand that as a health professional, I felt a moral and ethical duty to minimise the risks to people who have vulnerabilities. Please do feel free to contact me to discuss, whether you are a current or prospective client.
WhatsApp is end to end secure and as well as using it via mobile/messaging, you can also make video calls and download it to a PC. Zoom is also secure, needs no software and I just send you a link to meet virtually. Skype and email are potentially less secure.
Many thanks for your understanding and patience during what is an uncertain and worrying time for us all. I do hope you will feel able to continue to support Mindscape, as a small local business, and also benefit from the support and therapy I will continue to offer – albeit at a distance. Stay well and take care, Kate
Conversation with a client today food for thought… I have always loathed the label of BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) in particular. I feel complex trauma/C-PTSD captures this constellation of symptoms so much better and is far more respectful than labelling somebody, who is already struggling with horrific events and difficult feelings about themselves, with a personality disorder. It also honours and validates the impact of trauma, and by treating the trauma, recovery can happen. I work with C-PTSD all the time and get great results with EMDR therapy in particular.
I’m a CAMHS therapist with 10 (and a half!) years experience. Marketing not being my strong point, I haven’t particularly promoted this through my business. I will be setting up a new CAMHS specific page soon, but just wanted to highlight this. I continue to work part time in the NHS, providing support such as assessment of children and young people’s mental health needs, recommending treatment plans, liaising with the network/team around the child, risk assessment and management, and offering specific therapeutic input, such as EMDR and CBT. A short piece of therapeutic work with me, through Mindscape, may be helpful in providing prompt access to skilled, responsive help for your child, and reduce the risk of ongoing distress or future difficulties. I also work for local authorities, through the Adoption Support Fund, providing therapeutic input, mainly EMDR. Please contact me if you would like to know more. EMDR is now recommended by NICE as a second line treatment for children and young people, and has long been recommended by the WHO as a first line treatment with this client group.