Fear during uncertain times
We understand the current situation is causing a lot of fear, anxiety and stress and we would like to assist as far as possible. Our Vita Nova Counsellors as well as our Humanitas students are there to help. Our students are there to counsel and offer general support and counselling for trauma, anxiety, stress or conflict during this time. They are all Psychology or Social Work Honours Graduates and have completed their Humanitas Training. They each have a passion for working with people and are eager to assist. Our Vita Nova Counsellors, will still offer the same, trusted service that our clients have come to know and appreciate over the last 9 years.
The solution – Online Counselling Sessions
Under normal circumstances, we would prefer to offer counselling sessions in person. Seeing as social distancing is the responsible reaction to the situation at hand, we have decided to make our sessions available online. We are social beings and require more than audio to communicate. For the majority of counsellors, visual queues and body language forms part of the crucial information during a counselling session.
A digital tool, that allows us to simulate direct interaction as closely as possible, will be of the utmost importance. We have decided to use a video conferencing tool called Skype for our online sessions. This offers both counsellors and clients the ability to see and hear each other during the session. We understand that everybody is not necessarily tech swavy. The setup instructions and requirements to run Skype are shared below.
The session fees will still remain the same for our Vita Nova Counsellors, however, our sessions with our Humanitas Counselling Students will be free of charge.
What do I need to use Skype and how do I configure it?
Follow the links below for more information about Skype.
What are the system requirements for Skype
How do I get started with Skype
How do I make a call in Skype
How to use Skype
Booking a session
Sessions with counsellors can still be booked by going to our Online Booking System.
Free counselling sessions can be booked with our students. You can also view the Humanitas student profile pages here
In these extraordinary times of the Corona virus and Covid-19 the world is changing rapidly and people are encouraged to practice social distancing and work from home. Schools have been closed and this interrupts everybody’s daily routines. In times like these we are forced to interact with our family more than usual and this has the potential to cause additional conflict. This change is similar to public holidays where we interact with each other constantly without the usual distractions of having to go to the office or running around looking after the kids and focusing on their activities. We wrote about this interaction back in 2014, in an article titled – Holiday-proofing your relationship