Your safety matters
*COVID-19*: At Steps 2 Healing we are constantly following our Government's Guidelines. Your safety is paramount. We have taken good measures in providing safety for each of our clients. Our 'Therapy Room' is a separate room and not part of our living space. Chairs are set at a safe distance apart and hand sanitiser is freely available. We allow longer and adequate time in between appointments so that the air can be readily cleared through open doors and windows afterwards. We also take our time to cleanse any atmosphere, and re-sanitise chairs and furniture in between sessions. Therefore, when you arrive for your own appointment, we can provide you with a refreshed, cleared and healthy room for your presence. We ask that you respectfully bring your face covering for entry into our building. Thank you. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask.
For the moment, I do not provide 'virtual counselling' and/or psychotherapy sessions; on the mobile phone with 'face time', via the internet with Zoom, Skype or any other intermediary. However, I do consider this form of contact to be of value. It fits well for some people. My choice to work one-to-one in person, is because I value the professional dynamic and subtle interaction during live therapy. To work with a client 'virtually' would compromise my personal and professional integrity, and the respect I have for each person as an individual. In my opinion, virtual therapy is not the same as the live dynamic process and it can limited the healing process. These are my beliefs from my own professional experiences. (**5th January 2021 update** With the ongoing current changing situation, please feel free ask regarding therapy sessions. We do however offer distant healing sessions (some people call it prayer) and these have proven to be very effective. Barrie is gifted in this area, but is reluctant to boast about it. Barrie is quite modest because it is a special and delicate gift he has honed and developed in this way. If we are not yet able to make a face-to-face appointment due to Government Restrictions, you are still welcome to contact us. We do have a waiting list for home consultations, but are still here to answer your questions and offer distant healing.)
Live one-to-one therapy with Steps 2 Healing
In a one-to-one professional therapeutic relationship, trust plays a very important role, and provides a stronger foundation for better interactions. You are likely to be more receptive to growth and change if you feel you can trust your therapist. Whilst online, text, telephone or email psychotherapy and counselling has its place in this ever changing world, I feel there is more value in the subjective experience of sitting (at a safe distance) with another person.
According to experts in the field of communication, like Professor Albert Mehrabian, circa 1971, words are only 7% of our communication. 93% of communication is non-verbal. We are all much more than the spoken word. Sitting with someone in the physical one-to-one sense, can allow it to be quicker and easier to develop the rapport and trust needed in a therapeutic relationship.
Feeling emotionally 'held' within your therapy sessions can help you to feel reassured. Yes, this can be done in a virtual meeting. But for me to be fully 'with you' during your inner journey towards healing, I prefer to convey a silent strength, a deep empathy and sensitivity that I feel is otherwise diluted when carried out via an artificial go-between.
Listening skills involve much more than hearing your words, and your patterns of thinking and decision making. I do not want you to go away feeling short-changed or disappointed because during your most vulnerable moments you have not felt completely 'with me'. Those are the times when you will (without realising) display more subtle non-verbal communication which can enable a more powerful lead towards your healing process.
Being objective is not about making yourself distant behind a computer or mobile phone screen. Physically taking yourself out of and away from your regular environment to a face-to-face appointment, can help you to get a better understanding of your current situation. Your appointment then becomes the place you go to for therapy, and your home is your living and social environment. Totally separate.
The situation with COVID-19:
At Steps 2 Healing, we are working within our Government's Guidelines.
I am a professional and ethical practitioner. I uphold professional boundaries at all times.