Coronavirus

Keeping Mentally Healthy

coronavirus toolkit

The current coronavirus health crisis is incredibly stressful and worrying, but there is quite a lot you can do to maintain your mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time.

Our colleagues at First Psychology have 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.

Anxiety Workbook

The Wellness Society has 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.

Returning to Face-to-Face Counselling

The PF Board of Trustees has considered a Risk Assessment for returning to the PF premises for face-to-face counselling, and is keeping the situation under regular review.

We do not expect to return to face-to-face counselling until September at the earliest, and will require Scotland to have moved to Phase 3 of the Government’s route-map out of the crisis.

Client Cancellations

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.

Unfortunately, we are not able to answer our phone line at the moment, but you can leave a message. Please accept our apologies for this, but rest assured that if you need a response, we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Remote Sessions

Many of our counsellors are able to offer remote sessions by telephone or VSee video meetings, to those clients who can work in this way to continue their counselling.  This allows the usual appointments to continue while both are isolated at home. 

Current clients who are able and would like to meet remotely should read our Client Guidance Sheet. You should have been contacted by the PF Office by now – please let us know if this has not happened.

Counsellor Cancellations

No counsellors are seeing clients on the PF premises until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Clients should definitely not come to the PF until further notice. The PF office will have contacted you if your counsellor is offering remote telephone or online sessions. We will also let you know if your counsellor has to cancel for any reason.

New Clients, and Those on our Waiting List

We are currently not accepting any new clients at the moment.  Those on our waiting list will have their start delayed, but we will contact you as soon as we are able to re-start our initial assessment sessions.

New Volunteer Counsellors

Thank you to those who have been in touch to offer online counselling to PF clients. Unfortunately, we do not feel we are adequately set up to add new counsellors to our volunteer team while we are in lockdown. If you would like to volunteer at the PF, do please get in touch when face-to-face counselling has resumed.

Please check back here for updates as the situation progresses.