In-Person & Remote Counselling
With Edinburgh now at Level 0, face-to-face counselling is allowed, but everyone is encouraged to follow guidance to ensure the safety of clients, counsellors, and staff. In-person sessions are therefore continuing at the PF, and we look forward to welcoming more clients and counsellors back to meeting on the premises in the weeks ahead.
However, where both client and counsellor agree that they want to continue to work remotely, this option can still be used. Anyone who is meeting remotely and wants to change to in-person sessions should speak to their counsellor, or email the PF office.
We continue to hold remote sessions using the Attend Anywhere platform, which can be accessed from our PF Online page. Clients should email or telephone to the PF Office if they need help with Attend Anywhere, or if they are unsure about future appointments.
We have been holding in-person sessions in our building since last September, with appropriate precautions. Our guidelines for using the building are summarised in this graphic.
There are also detailed considerations for everyone attending in-person sessions, which are aimed at keeping everyone safe from coronavirus. These are communicated ahead of any attendance and can also be viewed here.
The PF recognises that we are still in uncertain times, and the situation may change at short notice. We aim to work with a blend of remote (online and telephone) and in-person sessions for the foreseeable future, and will attempt to support the wishes of both clients and counsellors as far as we are able. However, we are still primarily an in-person counselling service, and we are not able to offer counselling to clients who wish to work only by remote sessions.
If you have an an appointment set up for a telephone or online session, please continue to notify us by email if you need to cancel. You can also telephone if necessary as our office is staffed during our normal opening hours. There is a voicemail service where you can leave a message outside these times.
Keeping Mentally Healthy
The coronavirus health crisis has been incredibly stressful and worrying, but there is quite a lot you can do to maintain your mental health and wellbeing.
Our colleagues at First Psychology produced a 24 page Keeping Mentally Healthy toolkit to help. They hope it will help as many people as possible, so please feel free to share it with family and friends.
The Wellness Society also produced a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook to help people with a range of ideas and worksheets that focus on relieving and containing anxiety heightened by the pandemic.
Click on the images to download.
Most of our counsellors are able to offer remote sessions by telephone or video meetings, if restrictions or self-isolation require it. This allows the usual appointments to continue during periods of lockdown, and and can be used where one or other is not comfortable with meeting in person.
Our Client Guidance Sheet outlines the factors that need to be considered when having remote counselling sessions.