I wanted to send a brief message out today, to let you all know that I will be working full-time, my usual hours, and will be offering online psychotherapeutic support through this time as well as face-to-face therapy.
For my part, and yes, I feel nervous too, I would like to be able to offer any form of holding and containment which might be useful. I’m aware that doctors working in our country, whether in private or in the state, may find themselves facing a situation for which they feel unprepared, and that this might feel overwhelming, and at times even traumatic. I invite medical health professionals in our country, who may be facing a difficult time, to contact me for a reduced-rate psychotherapy process. I would like to offer a process of ten online psychotherapy sessions, at a reduced rate, agreed upon between us. For anyone who would like to make use of this offer I am available for first contact on my mobile. (My number is on the homepage.)
I hope that one possible outcome of this painful and troubled time is a recovery of our shared humanity. The feeling that we are all facing this together, that it is a shared experience, is something that we can each use as we approach the coming weeks and months. Perhaps, once we’ve all finished panicking and stock-piling, which is understandable because come on, this genuinely feels scary, we can start to think a bit about how this is affecting us and those around us as human beings. We might be able to find ourselves reflected in a deep and healing way in the faces of others, who feel our feelings with us. And so, maybe, this time can lead to greater global empathy. Sometimes, when we are forced to go to our homes, to be quiet, and to spend time with ourselves, we find meaning there, and a simple sense that life, as treacherous as it sometimes feels, is genuinely worth living, and worth living fully, with conviction. We’re being forced by this tiny but terrifying virus to live more simply and maybe even more self-reflectively, so let’s see what comes of that. In my experience as a psychotherapist, when we return to ourselves and really think about what it feels like to be who we are, we find beauty there, even if that beauty sometimes goes under the guise of suffering.
My thoughts to you all.
A few words taken from Kitty O’Meara
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal, and the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live, and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.