Covid 19 Policy: Therapy during the pandemic
This policy takes into account the Covid-19 pandemic, outlining our responsibilities towards each other at this time. If you would like face to face therapy, I request you read this carefully. Please consider whether or not you will be able to observe the procedures.
During practice hours, I will:
sanitise my hands at the start of the working day and between sessions
wipe down surfaces, including tables, doors, card reader and bathroom facilities at the start of the working day and between sessions
open the window between sessions in order to air out the consultation room; keeping the window open during sessions, where agreeable and practicable
no longer provide drinking water. Please bring your own water bottle.
provide pockets of tissues for your use (you can take any unused tissues away with you)
provide disposable gloves for anyone who wants to use the art supplies or sand tray
provide alcohol based hand sanitiser in the consultation room for your use
I request that you:
sanitise your hands before the session begins, there is a hand basin in the bathroom next to the consultation room: hand wash and paper towels provided
pay for sessions by bank transfer in advance of your appointment OR by card payment at the start or end of each session. Do not pay cash.
We will practice physical distancing during sessions and avoid physical contact, i.e. hand shaking. Please note: I will not wear a face mask or shield during sessions. Of course, you may choose to wear a face shield or mask during sessions (please provide your own)
What I will do if I am symptomatic: I will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if I have to cancel sessions and again to let you know when sessions resume. Due to the government’s ‘test and trace’ system, if I test positive for Covid-19, I may have to disclose the names of individuals I have been in contact with ‘in the public interest’. However, I will not offer information regarding the context in which we were in contact with each other.
What you should do if you are symptomatic: If you, or anyone in your household, are experiencing any symptoms, however mild, you should not attend your upcoming appointment. Please let me know via email, text or voicemail that you are cancelling your session. I will hold your session until you are well enough to attend. You may also opt for alternative provision if you feel well enough to participate in sessions remotely (see below)
Alternative provision: If you cannot attend sessions due to having to self-isolate, or if you are worried about attending at any point, please let me know. I can, where practicable, offer you the alternative of either telephone or video counselling. If you would like further information about these ways of working, please let me know.
Reviewing Procedures: The procedures outlined above are subject to change at short notice according to evolving health guidelines. I will keep you updated of any changes.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please don't hesitate to contact me.