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Ricard has worked in the field of substance misuse and behavioural health since 2012. He initially began his career as an addiction therapist, but more generally now work with other issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and compulsive sexual behaviour.
The move to online therapy was something that I embraced, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the response. For some of my clients, they find sessions online easier. That said, for others, “live” therapy is preferable or necessary. Being able to offer this as a safe, covid-secure option is really important. With this in mind, travelling to the Room in Town sites is a worthwhile experience to be able to deliver my work face-to-face for those who want or need it.
I have found it helpful to encourage clients to take some time between their online work
commitments and their therapy session– physically moving around beforehand is a good way to
make the distinction between work and therapy.
For me as the therapist, moving around and taking time between clients, whilst always important, is even more so in the new normal. I have to work a little differently – more enquiry and making my active listening a little more active, for example.
Privacy can also be an issue which comes up. During the first lockdown when kids were being homeschooled, for some of my clients it made it difficult for them to really engage during session. I have found it helpful to check in with clients about how to approach and manage this. It seems there is no shortage of demand for therapy in the new world we find ourselves in. I am glad to be able to meet that need, both online and in person.
By Ellie Giardina
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