Support for NHS hospital-based staff during Covid-19 pandemic

As an experienced trauma therapist I am available for online or telephone sessions, free of charge for NHS hospital care staff and hospital workers involved with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sessions can be arranged on an as-needed basis by contacting me on my email address: hattieberger@mac.com.

Sessions will be up to an hour in duration, can be a single session, or a series of sessions (short-term provision). Sessions can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or ad hoc according to individual need.

These sessions aim to provide psychological first aid rather than trauma therapy. ¬†Whilst this situation is both ongoing and emergent, there is a need for safe, confidential, human connection with a person trained and practised in listening, hearing, bearing witness, holding and supporting those in immediate distress. Understanding the impact of trauma and its symptoms supports the work and psycho-education. In addition to this my focus will be identifying inner and external resources and supporting the person’s self-care system.

At this stage I am available to frontline and ancillary staff employed in London hospitals treating Covid-19.

In co-ordinating this provision I am collaborating with the Relational School. Their webpage https://relationalschool.wordpress.com/we-see-you-we-hear-you-nhs-staff/ has more details and a list of other practitioners and their availability.

We are actively seeking connection with existing NHS provision for staff support. Our aim is to work alongside and where useful in conjunction with NHS provision.

I am senior accredited with the BACP and have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 25 years. I engage in regular clinical supervision to support and monitor my ability to make this provision.