Ellen Sharrocks Counselling in Leicester


Because of the risks of covid-19, I have been working online (and sometimes by phone), since March 2020. This looks to continue throughout the winter of 2021.

In the meantime, I have undertaken a covid-19 risk assessment for my consulting room. This way, when we start meeting in-person for counselling again, both my clients and I can feel we are as safe as possible.

These are the covid-19 measures that will be put in place:

Client Suitability for In-Person Counselling
Some clients may not be suitable for in person counselling if:

  • They are at particular risk of transmitting the virus; or
  • At risk of suffering severe illness/death if they contract the virus.

  • The initial consultation will therefore be online (or by phone) so this risk can be discussed before we meet in-person. If a client isn’t suitable for in-person work at that time, we can continue counselling online until the situation changes.

    General Risk Mitigation Measures
  • Face coverings to be worn in public areas of the building
  • Hand sanitizer available on entry to the building
  • Hand sanitizer available on entry to my consulting room
  • Seating is two meters apart
  • Clients can choose whether the extractor fan is left running during the session
  • Clients can choose whether face coverings will be used within the counselling session. There may be some instances where the use of face coverings will be mandatory during the session. If so, this will be discussed at the initial consultation.

    Between Clients/Before The First Client
  • The extractor fan will be run for a minimum of 15 minutes
  • Surfaces, door handles and coat hooks will be cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes
  • Soft furnishings will be sprayed with anti-bacterial spray
  • A new tissue box will be put out
  • The bin will be emptied and used bin liners replaced
  • My consulting room door will be opened by me for client entry/exit

  • I will keep you updated on this page as things change. In the meantime, if you are thinking of starting counselling/psychotherapy, we can always meet online (or by phone if you prefer). Just drop me an email or phone me to arrange an initial consultation. As things get safer, we can then think about transitioning to in-person work.

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