The first lockdown had serious effects on peoples’ state of mind. Apart from all the profoundly serious threats to our finances and jobs, we have all been living a much more isolated life, with little or no physical contact with loved ones and friends, let alone colleagues and acquaintances.
Then we came out of that lockdown – oh what a relief! Life had certainly changed dramatically, but we could see friends and family again, go out for a meal, socialise, and most importantly, hug our loved ones!
Now a lot of the country is in lockdown again (first Tier 4, then full lockdown) and this second round feels much harder to bear. Anxiety, worry, depression, sadness, and grief – the effects of this pandemic are traumatic.
I have received more and more enquiries from all over the world asking about my mix of therapies. They tell me they are drawn to my style of working because it is so relational, and soul based. So many have spent so much time at home this year, giving time for a life review, and maybe a re-jigging of values and aims in life.
I am busier in my private practice than I have ever been, and have had to start a waiting list, and though currently not able to see people face-to-face, Zoom has opened my capacity to work much wider afield than before.
I also do some work for HiS Charity, Maidstone. They provide a range of support to men who are suicidal or struggling mentally. They offer a 24/7 helpline, a buddy system, holistic therapies, and other events, and I support them with long term counselling for the men. For so long, boys and men in Western society have been taught that they should be ‘strong’ and not need support, yet this wonderful charity has been inundated with requests for help from the men themselves, and from an overloaded health service.
My hope for the future? That we can extract some positive effects of this pandemic so that some people, in reviewing their values and learning to cope with the overload of changes and physical and psychological effects of this trauma, will be the richer within themselves to develop a different life moving forward, and we can build a society that values and encourages the relationships that we have all missed so much during lockdown. Perhaps an economy based solely on materialism will hold less sway?
Linda is a Jungian Psychotherapist, integrative Counsellor, Spiritual Healer, Reiki Master and Thought Field Therapist and uses these modalities, in combination or singly, to best support her clients. She has been a therapist for over 30 years.