Checking in while staying in

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As the slight easing of this period of cocooning at home comes closer, I have been reflecting on the impact of so much time alone, and so little contact with people we might otherwise have seen on a day to day basis.
 
One of the things I have noticed is that people are being called to hold themselves differently. It’s somehow different to be getting into different grooves in space and time, and to be in contact with people differently through un-embodied media. And to be with other people continuously, right up close and personal. I hear many comments from people about their need to check in with themselves differently.
 
Here’s a simple set of questions it can be useful to ask yourself regularly:
  1. How am I?
  2. What’s at the forefront of my mind?
  3. How do I feel?
  4. What sensations in my body are prominent?
  5. How can I best support myself?
  6. What do you want to have happen now?
 
This simple check in and recognition of how you can support yourself can be a tonic if you feel unseen, unacknowledged, or taken for granted. It’s also useful if you have a tendency to be busy, or up in your head, to touch base, literally and metaphorically, and reflect on what is present, and what is needed.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.

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