Alert Level 2 – an update 15/5/20
As you are aware we moved to Alert Level 2 midnight Wednesday the 13th of May. Telehealth or phone sessions are still safest and advised by the Ministry of Health. However, the change to Level 2 will in some circumstances provide the possibility to move from working remotely to meeting face to face again with your psychotherapist.
Your psychotherapist will be discussing this with you regarding any possible changes as it is important to maintain health and safety measures for you and the community. These guidelines are outlined in the Health and Safety Plan that is required by the Ministry of Health and the practice you are attending. This may also require some unique negotiation regarding individuals safety related to personal circumstances and choices based on safe health precautions.
It is important for you to know that all members of NZAP are well aware of the need for a health and safety plan during level 2 and are following the Ministry of Health guidelines.
Take care and stay safe, together we can continue to work through this challenging time.
Psychotherapy in times of Covid-19
In this extraordinary and potentially challenging time, psychotherapists are still available to provide support.
During this period you may experience increased distress due to restrictions on human connection, or increased interpersonal stresses from added pressures on family and personal living arrangements. If you have experienced depression in the past, you may be affected by isolation and the continual reports of people suffering in the news. If you have experienced anxiety in the past, you may also be affected by news and social media stories.
This may be an important time to reach out for help to understand yourself and your relationships with those close to you. Reaching out for support can be a first step to developing effective coping strategies, greater understanding of your behaviours, feelings and mental processes, and provide healing for troubled relationships.
Face-to-face therapy may not be possible for a while, but psychotherapists are now providing services virtually, through video and audio media.
You can find and make contact with a psychotherapist during the COVID-19 lockdown by searching the NZAP psychotherapist register.
Take care, be kind, and stay safe.
Other useful resources:
- Occupational Therapy New Zealand’s activities toolkit, where you can find a list of recommendations, free online resources, and community groups that can help you keep occupied during lockdown.
- As we move to level 2, it may be useful to check the NZ Govt COVID website.
- Ministry of Health updates and advice on COVID-19.