Talk Therapy Counseling and Therapies on CoVid-19 pandemic (Part-1)

Talk Therapy PhilippinesThis is a harrowing time for all of us.

A recent study in The Lancet found that the psychological effects brought about by the COVID pandemic such as being sick of the virus, Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or lockdown, inability to earn a living, social distancing, hunger, etc. can range from anger to fear to post-traumatic stress.

The COVID pandemic has created a paradox in mental health care:

Widespread social distancing means that more people are in need of support for anxiety and depression, and that more of those resources are harder to access in person.

The past several weeks, though, have wrought a change in the national mental health care landscape — a big shift of services and social safety nets from face-to-face meetings to virtual ones.

A lot of people who might not have previously felt a need for mental health services are now finding themselves unsure of how to deal with the increased anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation this pandemic has brought.

And while the thought of the bureaucratic nightmare that so often defines the search for a new health care provider — especially a mental health care provider — can often be intimidating to take on, this present moment is actually a good one for finding/accessing to mental health care through virtual counseling and therapy.


Increase Anchor

Ask affect questions (i.e. How do you feel right now?)

Ask for specific details, step-by-step

Ask for sensory (visual, kinesthetic, auditory, olfactory)

Ask about their fears

Ask what happened to their body

Decrease Anchor in the present

Ask content questions (i.e. What do you do when worried/afraid?)

Use calming voice tone

Ask client to anchor in the present

Repeat and rephrase what the client has just said

Get client to describe the current setting

Use relaxation and breathing techniques in the session

Ask the client about activities before and after present session or

other events


* Dr. Flor Glinoga is the President of Altabest Management Services, a corporate training services provider. She is an internationally recognized Management and HRD Consultant. With a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Development Management, Dr. Glinoga has a wealth of knowledge about individual, group, and organizational behavior.  For the past 36 years, she has engaged individuals and organizations in the change process to increase their productivity, efficiency and effectiveness to include HR Services, strategic business plan programs, develop leadership skills, and build self-mastery.

Dr. Flor M. Glinoga
Clinical Psychologist
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