Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 update:  20.30hrs on Tuesday 23rd March

Our primary aim is to ensure the safety of our clients and practitioners at this difficult time.  The government guidance is constantly changing, so we will update this page regularly to keep you up to date.

The guidance to stop all non essential travel requires everyone to have their therapy sessions via phone or video call.  Your practitioner will be in touch to arrange this with you.

For BTC clients who have upcoming initial consultation sessions booked for the next few weeks:

We are now offering all initial consultations via secure video call.  Your practitioner will be in touch with details.

If you have any problems setting up your video call for the first time,  please contact your therapist or the BTC office.

For BTC clients who attend regular sessions at our centre:

You will shortly receive a communication from your therapist to set up your next session via phone or video call. If you have not heard please check your spam folder and / or email them.  Email the BTC office if you have any problems contacting them.

If you have any problems setting up your video call for the first time,  please contact your therapist or the BTC office.

Looking after your mental health:

In times like these, our mental health can suffer.  We don’t always know it’s happening.  You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad.  You might notice that you are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening.  For those of us who already struggle with our mental wellness, we might feel more depressed or less motivated to carry out our daily activities.

If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:

Call someone you feel close to at least once a day. Do it even if you feel very low as it will improve your mood.  Instead of social distancing, try distant socializing  – make use of remote technologies to keep in touch with others.  See this link on distant socializing.

Communicate with your house sharers. Make a regular time to meet and talk with those you live with.  Take turns to meet and talk as a group every day or few days.  Make sure that each person is able to talk without interruption.  Saying how you feel and being heard can be very helpful.  If it helps,  use an object like a ball or wooden spoon so that you can only talk if you have the object.  If you start meeting daily now, you will be better able to manage conflicts if they do arise.

Manage conflict. If you are getting triggered by those close to you,  try giving yourself some space – take some time out with headphones or finding a quiet place.

Exercise. Get into the fresh air even if you don’t feel like it, whilst avoiding contact with others.  Brisk walking  will raise your pulse and refresh the blood supply to your brain which will improve your mood.

Do things you enjoy. Use the opportunity to rediscover old hobbies,  card games,  board games, dancing to music.  This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others.

Breathe. If you start to feel anxious, take three slow deep breaths.  Try breathing out slowly on a count of five.

Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment.  Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.

Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support.  You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.

Stay hydrated and eat regular meals. Low blood sugar and dehydration can make us feel more anxious.  Small regular snacks can help.