URGENT CALL
FOR VOLUNTEER COUNSELLORS/THERAPISTS/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Seeking qualified therapists to offer a minimum of 1 hour per week for telephone counselling throughout the Covid-19 isolation period. Volunteers should be qualified members of BACP, UKCP, BPS AND HCPC with valid indemnity insurance and clinical supervision
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL EXISTING AND INTERESTED CLIENTS

"We are still taking referrals for new clients, the aim would be to offer 6 weeks of counselling to any new client's that are still being impacted by the lockdown."

"For our existing clients, due to the gradual decrease in lockdown measures, that a mutually agreed ending with your therapise (2-4 weeks) and signposting, if required, (GP/Mind/Private Therapist) will be taking place."

Thank you for using our service and we hope that have helped you during this time.

Date posted: Friday 5th June 2020

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
"At Covid Herts Counselling we offer a free telephone counselling support service to elderly and vulnerable individuals during the Covid-19 isolation period, as well as NHS staff and care workers."

We are a group of therapists, counsellors and psychologists who have come together to provide FREE telephone therapy for those affected from the current Coronavirus Pandemic. We are based in Watford, Hertfordshire and are serving the UK.

We abide by the Code and Ethics of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

GUIDANCE FOR CLIENTS

THIS SERVICE IS NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND FREE AT POINT AND USE FOR ALL
ALL CLIENTS WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING FROM OUR EXPERIENCED STAFF;
  • A free, quick and easy, connection with a qualified member of staff to explore your concerns
  • Confidential and non-judgemental support
ALL OUR STAFF ARE HIGHLY QUALIFIED TO SUPPORT THOSE ON THE FRONTLINE OF COVID-19;
  • Telephone support delivered to all clients in a friendly, calm and compassionate manner
  • Flexible sessions to suit the clients needs and requirements
OUR COUNSELLORS, THERAPISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!

COVID Herts Counselling is open Monday to Friday, with all of our therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists on-call with clients who have been matched up to them according to the clients needs and requirements.

Our qualified and experienced counsellors are here to help you, so if you are struggling a this point in time, please register with us, it's free and we are here for you.

  1. In these uncertain times we all have loved ones who may fall victim to isolation
  2. Unfortunately so many of the elderly and most vulnerable in our community are isolated and not having contact with family or friends
  3. This service will be invaluable to these individuals whose limited social interactions have been stripped away

BENEFITS OF TELEPHONE COUNSELLING
In our telephone sessions, we will discuss the same kinds of issues and do the same kind of work that we would do in person.

Phone counselling is a growing field, and people are finding it to be as effective as in-person counselling, with many extra benefits;

  • Telephone Counselling has the Benefits of Privacy, Convenience, Accessibility, and Flexibility
  • You can use phone therapy in the comfort and security of your own home. If privacy is important to you, no one else needs to know that you are receiving help.
  • You can engage in the phone counselling process from wherever you are home, office, away travelling on business, or during a vacation, as long as you have access to a phone
  • There can be more flexibility with scheduling for a phone session
  • If you live outside the Hertfordshire area, and you feel a resonance with what you’ve read on our site, you still have the option to work with COVID Herts Counselling

Telephone counselling sessions are usually 50 minutes.

Telephone counselling are not appropriate for everybody, should you feel suicidal, homicidal, or like you want to hurt yourself or someone else, call 999.

Telephone counselling is also not appropriate if:

  • You are experiencing psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions)
  • You are addicted to drugs or alcohol and are currently using
  • If you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia

In these cases, please see your doctor.

@2020 - Miss Cheryl Sandford (MBACP Accredited) - As endorsed by Roberto Perrone on BBC 3CR radio on Wednesday18th March 2020