How do I overcome this? I manage my angst by remembering why I work with this client group. I call upon that feeling I get when I recall a client laughing and thanking me for making his day. I do what I can to feel grounded in the present sometimes that means stretching before logging my notes or mentally ticking off all that I am grateful for.
This is not easy when I understand the varying degrees to which individuals have experienced an increased awareness of their mortality by this year’s strain of corona virus. It has been targeted almost universally by the shutting down of entire towns, states and countries. An incredibly unstable time for all but more so for those who already had to struggle to participate in society. For some all and nothing has changed, their access to support has been made even harder, they have become even more isolated, there are small moments of recognition and understanding of what life is like for them daily for those now unable to go and do as they please. I encourage my clients to express themselves as best as they can. We think about practical steps that can be taken whilst, sitting in silence digesting and accepting their limits and mine in making life different for them. I thank them for their time and when we hang up I reflect on life in its fullness. The hardships as well as the charm and ability to be satisfied with the best that there is at this time. Remembering that the best that I can offer is a willing heart to empathically listen and respond to the client with an honest appreciation of what I can do psychological to support them.
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