Ellen Sharrocks Counselling Leicester

Coronavirus Measures

I am now offering face-to-face counselling in person at my counselling room in Leicester city centre. I am also continuing to offer online counselling and if that is not possible, phone counselling.

In-person counselling takes places in my counselling room at Rutland House in Leicester city centre. Any contact with someone else carries a risk of either person contracting Covid-19, particularly when indoors and sitting opposite each other for a period of time. Therefore, face-to-face counselling in person does carry some coronavirus risk. It is important that you consider your level of risk to assess whether in-person counselling is appropriate for you. Things you might want to consider are:

  • If, and how many, doses of the vaccine you have had; or
  • Whether you have tested positive for coronavirus within the last 6 months so giving some immunity;
  • Whether you have a medical condition that makes you clinically vulnerable.

  • If you feel seeing each other face-to-face is not sensible for you at the moment, online counselling is still available.

    Coronavirus Safety Measures
    To reduce the level of risk of seeing each other in person, I am fully vaccinated and I am:
  • Taking a twice weekly lateral flow test
  • Regularly disinfecting the surfaces in the counselling room, including the soft furnishings
  • Ventilating the counselling room
  • Ensuring the seating is such that we can sit a safe distance apart
  • Providing hand sanitizer in the counselling room
  • Providing separate tissue boxes for each client per day
  • Emptying the waste bin between each client

  • In counselling, it is really helpful to see each other’s facial expressions and for that reason, I do not plan to use face coverings. However, if you would prefer face coverings to be worn, please let me know as I am happy to accommodate that request.

    Counselling During Self-Isolation
    For the safety of both of us, if either of us experience symptoms that could indicate coronavirus, test positive for coronavirus or have been asked to self-isolate by Test & Trace (including through the NHS app), in-person counselling cannot take place. For clarity, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • A new, persistent dry cough
  • A fever
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

    If either of us are self-isolating, we must let the other know and we can continue with counselling during the self-isolation period by another method. This will be assumed to be online (Zoom). However, some people do prefer telephone, and if that is the case, please let me know.

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