Latest Update 21/1/2021
We are able to meet in person during the current lockdown but working online is advised. However, many clients would struggle to find a soundproof space in their home to keep the session confidential. Please read on to determine how meeting in person is justified during this time.
If you are feeling physically unwell:
If you have developed any of the coronavirus symptoms but not been tested yet then DO NOT attend your session in person. Symptoms include:
- Continuous Cough
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
Please obtain a negative Covid test result or self-isolate for the required 10 days before attending an in person session.
If you are feeling well:
Eventhough we are in lockdown, the Scottish Governance website states that one of the reasonable excuses for leaving home is:
- for healthcare, including medical trials, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and mental health support
Additionally, the support for this decision increases if there is no soundproof space in your home where you would not be listened in on or disturbed for the consultation.
The BACP guidance says as well:
Mainland Scotland is now in full lockdown until at least mid-February, with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.
The limited reasonable excuses for leaving your home include provisions for caring, outdoor exercise and to go to work, but only if that work cannot be done from home.
Support groups and one to one support should take place remotely where possible, but support may be delivered in person if remote delivery is not possible and it is essential for people’s wellbeing. Examples of support services include peer support groups, vulnerable persons’ or families’ support groups, talking therapy groups, day centres, respite care, one to one talking therapy and counselling.
An essential support service is one where the participant’s health (including their mental health) and wellbeing would be significantly impacted by non-attendance. If services must take place in person, relevant guidance must be followed.
So meeting for sessions is allowed and we require face coverings to be worn except if you have a medical exemption. Also, card payment is preferred (to minimise the spread of the virus) but cash is also accepted.
If however you would like to meet online, details are here: Online Counselling