How we changed for the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes in our daily lives, and the field of counseling is no exception. In the face of social distancing measures and the closure of in-person counseling centers, counselors and therapists have had to adapt and find new ways to continue providing services to clients.
One of the most significant changes in counseling during the pandemic has been the shift towards virtual or remote counseling. With the rise of teletherapy, clients are now able to receive counseling services via video conferencing or phone calls. This has allowed many people to continue receiving counseling services despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Remote counseling has also opened up access to counseling for people who may not have been able to receive services in-person due to geographical or mobility limitations. Moreover, it has also become a viable option for people who may have felt uncomfortable seeking help in person, but felt more comfortable seeking help from the privacy of their own home.
Another change in counseling during the pandemic has been the increased focus on mental health concerns related to the pandemic. The uncertainty and isolation brought about by the pandemic has led to an increase in anxiety and stress levels, as well as financial and job-related stress. Counselors have had to adapt their methods and techniques to address these unique challenges.
The pandemic has also brought about legal and ethical considerations for counselors providing remote counseling. Counselors have had to navigate the challenges of ensuring client privacy and maintaining the same level of quality and effectiveness as in-person counseling.
In conclusion, the pandemic has forced the counseling field to rapidly adapt and adopt new technologies, while also shifting the focus of counseling to address the specific challenges caused by the pandemic. Remote counseling has become a viable option for many people, providing access to counseling services for those who may not have been able to receive them in-person. As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic, it is important for counselors to remain adaptable and responsive to the changing needs of their clients by offering both remote and face to face counselling.