Coronavirus Counselling and Psychotherapy Message

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My Personal Message to you about Covid-19

Events as they are unfolding throughout the world affect us in different ways: 

some of us feel unsettled, worried and anxious for themselves or for the lives of family and friends with underlying health-issues. Others feel puzzled about the focus of the world upon Covid-19, when during the same time far more people die e.g. sepsis related deaths. Some people feel angry as they lost trust in politicians and media to tell the facts, e.g. given that some of the statistics don’t make sense, showing a 2% death-rate or above, when there is still a lack of testing (i.e. if more people would be tested, we might find a vastly increased number of people infected with the virus with mild symptoms, but with the same death-toll this might bring the statistics down to perhaps 0.05% death-rate (as on the date of writing this is case e.g. in Germany), or even further down. Others feel a weird sense of calm and relief that something in our world had to change with the focus upon material things loosing the grip over them. Some embark on practicing mindfulness, endeavouring to come away from these times with meaningful insights about the lives we live and take at times for granted. Some feel a sense of increasing care and concern emerging for our planet, for humankind, for loved ones and for more balance within ourselves.

Many more feelings are evoked, including opposing feelings.

Some of us feel a mixture of the above. 

Holistic wellbeing is always important and during coronavirus counselling can be a source for support, comfort and  calm and inner growth promotion. 

With this message I would like to reassure you, that during these intense times I remain committed to the work I love, to working with you. 

Your well-being and safety are central and at the heart of my decision making. 

Respecting the government’s decision from the 23rd March 2020 requesting people to “stay at home”, I therefor will be offering with immediate effect your appointments as online therapy /virutal therapy by phone or Skype, until you hear from me otherwise. Details following on the next pages.

Keep looking after yourselves 

and others,

Warmly,

Nicola

Putting your mind at ease during Coronavirus

Our sessions during Coronavirus

Speaking during social distancing

Our sessions during Coronavirus

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For your peace of mind I want you to know: To my knowledge I have not had any symptoms of the coronavirus (or other contagious disease). I feel very healthy and in good spirits, looking after my wellbeing and am happy to continue our sessions by phone or Skype.

How to arrange a session

Speaking during social distancing

Our sessions during Coronavirus

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We don't know how long it will be till face-to-face sessions to commence her in St Albans. Please call me on: 01727-750088 or email me on: nicolarichter@yahoo.com to arrange for an online therapy/ virtual therapy session to take place via phone or Skype. 

Speaking during social distancing

Speaking during social distancing

Speaking during social distancing

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If you are unable to find a place to yourself where you can’t be overheard by others, you might consider e.g. a garage, garden-shed, or your car – an option others have taken in the past. 

If you can’t think of ways to make it work and we can discuss your options and best way forward.

Speaking in confidence

Making yourself and your session a priority

Speaking during social distancing

Please make sure that you are in a room where you can not be overheard or disturbed by others. Reason for this: to create an environment of confidentiality for you to feel safe and comfortable to speak with me about anything in your session much the same way as you do when we meet face-to-face. 

Making yourself and your session a priority

Making yourself and your session a priority

Making yourself and your session a priority

To emulate the experience you may find it helpful to not smoke during your session time and not watch the TV or computer in the background. This is not a chit chat, this is your therapeutic session. In turn, I will be sitting in the consulting room on the same place as always.

Should you have booked a couple-/joint-session and you are at different places, we can have a conference call or conference skype. I have good experiences with others of this option.

Be reassured

Making yourself and your session a priority

Making yourself and your session a priority

Throughout my therapeutic work of over 20 years, I have followed strict guidelines for hygiene, safety, respect and wellbeing . 

Currently I’ve added: ‘social distancing’, no hand-shaking, testing an air-purifier in the consulting-room (which claims to have caught 99.97% of the H1N1 virus), one-use plant-based recyclable cups, hand-sanitizer at the entrance and two in the consulting room and a bowl for receiving your payment.

Covid-19 - Frequently asked questions

Coronavirus Information

Cancellation of sessions

Cancellation of sessions

Cancellation of sessions

Cancellation of sessions

Cancellation of sessions

As always: if you are unable to be available for your booked session, let me know as soon as you can and with a MINIMUM of 72 hours notice – i.e. 3 days - otherwise the full fee is payable.

Please bear in mind if you need to change your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, I always endeavour – especially in the current global situation - to offer you an alternative for the same week at no additional cost. However please be aware that at times I have no alternative availability.

Thank you, for your understanding.

In the hopefully unlikely event that you are admitted to A&E, I will not charge you for the missed session and we continue the sessions when you are out of hospital.