Online therapy

Time for Something New! The spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a huge challenge to us all, changing the way we live our day to day lives.  Businesses too are being significantly impacted by the implications of social distancing and self isolation measures.  Many businesses will struggle to survive and continue to pay their overheads with little or no income.  Therapy practitioners such as myself are no less affected, as more clients wish to avoid attending sessions in person, we are seeing our booking diaries becoming emptier.  Many therapists are likely to go out of business at this challenging time.

Some practitioners have started to offer online therapy as an alternative, to meet the needs of their clients and to help keep their practices open.  Online therapy is something I already offered and have done for many years now, so I have a lot of experience of it.   I use a secure platform (Zoom) and apply the same client privacy principals as I do to face to face work.  Whilst it can take some getting used to at first, once you get going you will notice little difference to a face to face session, and there are advantages too – such as not having to travel to my office, therefore saving time and hassle.  Modern technology means that people can access their therapy sessions from anywhere, via their PC, laptop, tablet or even smartphone.

The current situation is causing people a lot of stress.  Some may find it difficult to lose access to their regular therapy sessions.  Others may feel they need some additional support to cope with what is happening, or the impact of the changes to their life.   If you are having doubts about continuing or booking therapy sessions during the COVID-19 outbreak, do think about trying out online therapy, with myself or another practitioner offering it.

If you’d like to try online therapy, I am extending a special offer for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak lifestyle restrictions.  I am offering 2 online 1hr therapy sessions  for £135, which is a 15% discount off my regular fee.  If you wish to try out just one session to begin with, I am offering that for £70.  For those who are eligible for the young person concessionary rate, I am offering 2 online sessions for £100 or a single session for £55.   Initial consultations remain at the special price of £20, including online.  This offer is subject to payment in advance (as are all online sessions)  and will be available for a limited period during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please get in touch if you would like to book an online session, know more about online therapy, or ask me anything else related to therapy or my practice.

Stay safe,

Amanda 

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My Great Missenden practice

Regrettably I will no longer be practicing regularly in Great Missenden as of the end of December 2019.  This is due to the permanent closure of Healthy Balance Clinic, where I have held a practice since its opening 8 years ago.

I will therefore no longer be taking on new clients at that location with immediate effect.  I will do my best to accommodate existing clients from that location, either at my High Wycombe practice or via online sessions if that is more convenient.  As I have practiced in that location for a long time, I may look for alternative premises to practice from, and will update my clients and my website accordingly.

Please contact me with any enquiries or concerns relating to this news.

Thank you for your understanding,

Amanda

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Eating Disorders – know the signs

For this year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) I am putting together a series of short blogs about eating disorders.  To begin with, would you be able to recognise the signs of a potential eating disorder in a friend or loved one?    This list is far from comprehensive, however here are some:

– being very stressed around food and mealtimes
– being secretive about food and eating
– restricting or cutting out food types or food groups (such as ‘carbs’ or dairy)
– frequent dieting or calorie counting
– food refusal
– being rigid and inflexible about food as well as in general
– rituals around food
– avoiding social eating
– over-exercising
– excessive walking: choosing to walk rather than drive/use public transport even for long distances
– spending long periods of time in the toilet or bathroom
– frequent vomiting and/or use of laxatives
– unable to stop eating
– eating large quantities of food in one go
– frequent night time eating
– grazed knuckles
– sudden changes in weight (loss or gain)
– weakness, dizziness, fainting
– feeling cold in warm temperatures
– loss or change in menstrual periods (females)
– always tired
– preoccupation with body size or shape
– distorted body image
– fear of weight gain
– irrational thinking
– social withdrawal
– increased anxiety, depression, paranoia, irritability, anger

Of course, many of these symptoms can be present for reasons other than eating disorders, so it’s important not to jump to cocnclusions.  However if someone you know is displaying more than one of these and recently seems to have changed the way they behave around food in a way that is worrying you,  you may want to consider the possibility of an eating disorder and encourage them to seek help.

Resources:

National Centre for Eating Disorders:  https://eating-disorders.org.uk/

Beat:  https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

NHS information about eating disorders:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/eating-disorders/

 

 

 

 

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