Notice of Change to Session Delivery amid Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Notice of Change to Session Delivery during Coronavirus (Covid-19) Lockdown

I am writing to you today to advise of some temporary changes to the way we may meet and conduct our counselling sessions, in light of recent developments in the news.  Currently we meet face-to-face, however with the recent health concerns and government advice I have taken the decision to continue operating, however all sessions will be moved to one of 3 methods, with immediate effect.

Temporary session options offered going forward

  1. Telephone
  2. Video Calls (Zoom)
  3. Texting

How will these sessions work?

  1. Telephone sessions
    1. Sessions will still last the usual 1-hour.
    2. You will need to find a quiet and private place to speak.
    3. I will wait for your call at the agreed time.
  2. Video Calls (Zoom, Skype or FaceTime)
    1. Sessions will still last the usual 1-hour.
    2. You will need to have a video enabled device, such as a phone, ipad, tablet or laptop available.
    3. You will receive a link to join at the agreed time.
    4. Skype calls can be made to info@reneenorriscounselling.co.uk
    5. Facetime calls can be made to 07590996566
  3. Texting
    1. We would agree a time or times to text and we would agree to devote 1 hour, which could be split into 1 or two sessions in a week. We can discuss further.

What about payment?

I am able to accept payment in the following formats:

  1. Bank transfer, please make 48 hours in advance of our session

Lloyds Bank,

Sort code 30-80-37

Account Number 38143262

  1. Virtual card payment over the phone at the start of the session from one of the following card types
    • Visa Debit
    • Visa/Master Credit Card
    • American Express
    • Diners Club
    • Discover Card

What if I do not want to work this way?

As we have established a good working relationship I would hope that the transition to digital contact would not be a cause of concern and have little or no impact. This method may not work for everyone, however in the view of recent recommendations from the WHO (World Health Organisation) I feel it is important to observe safe practices, for all our health.

If you choose to end sessions as a result of this I will of course respect your decision and ask that we have a phone conversation to discuss this so that we are parting in peace. I will notify you when I am able to resume face-to-face contact.

When will we go back to face-to-face

I will monitor the situation closely and will keep you up on any changes.

What about my next planned session?

I will be in contact with you to discuss how you would like to work going forward.

Do you offer reduced sessions for NHS Staff or anyone on Disability Allowance?

Yes, I offer special rates to NHS workers or those in receipt of disability allowances .  Click here for fees

What if I feel I need additional support?

These changes may impact some and if so please know that there are other agencies available to offer additional support should you need it. Please see a comprehensive list at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

I look forward to working in this new and challenging way with you.  I will do my best to make the experience a good one and trust we will get through this time of uncertainty together.

If you have any questions or comments I am available, just give me a ring or drop me a line.

Warmest regards

Renee Norris

Renee Norris Counselling

Exeter and surrounding areas

07590 996566

info@reneenorriscounselling.co.uk