In-person versus remote counselling sessions

I’ve always preferred face-to-face communication and no doubt always will.

Another truth about me is that I’m a good problem solver. I am one of these people who respond to challenges by “working the problem.” I love solving puzzles, to break problems down into manageable bits and to find solutions for the parts, and eventually for the whole.

COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, too much, for some. 

Like everyone, I have my own list of worries. More than anything, I worry about the long term effects of this pandemic. I worry we might be treating this problem like a sprint and not a marathon. I worry we might be all so focussed on COVID-19, the virus, the pandemic and its immediate effect, that we might be neglecting other problems and in particular other health problems. I worry that people might not be looking after their whole health and might be neglecting to work at building resilience to deal with what is happening now and what remains to deal with ahead. Getting through this will require resilience and stamina. 

This time is a time for interdependence. We need to get “OK” with leaning on each other. If you’ve never learned to do that, if all your life you’ve been programmed to rely on yourself and on yourself alone then now is the time to challenge that way of doing things. 

I predict that it is those who are drawing on the necessary internal and external resources, those who are accepting help and who are offering help to others, who will fare the best.

The wise will use all the tools available, to not only survive but also thrive. In these times of social distancing, we are all looking for new ways of doing things. We are all looking for new ways to cope. If you are struggling to cope during these extra challenging times, know that you are not alone. Do not isolate in every sense of the word! Maintain social distancing, yes, but also reach out. Accept the help available so that you may thrive not only survive. If you have ways to help – help out! We’re in this together. If you don’t need help but wish to help let me know, let others know. Someone might just be looking for what you have to offer!

I’ve now got things setup to offer services by phone or via secure video ( I’m working from home so I’ve expanded my hours of availability. 

If you’ve considered mental health counselling and never had the time or the opportunity to get started, then now might be the right time.

If your are a frontline worker and would like some support, I’m here.

I’m here for you all.

Let me help you get back on an Even Keel. 

Nathalie Héloïse Graveline

Nurse Practitioner

Even Keel Health