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Overcoming Isolation Through Peer Support and Supervision Sessions

Based in Hall Green, Birmingham, Solihull Well Being Clinic has been offering psychology, counselling, holistic and alternative therapies since 2018. We pride ourselves on being a

collective hub for wellbeing services, and provide a friendly and personable atmosphere for professionals and clients alike. Private practice often leaves counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists working in individual silos. This has become all the more pronounced as more and more services have been delivered online, through the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst these changes have created wider access to talking therapies for some communities and groups, it has left others struggling to find support in a face to face capacity. This is especially so for those who are technologically adrift, but also those who have particular needs that are hard to reach through virtual domains.

It is likely some talking therapies will continue to be offered online. However, it is also widely accepted there will be a mass movement to get out of our houses again so as to enjoy connections with others in person, rather than through a screen. Nobody quite knows what the 'new normal' will be.

Regardless of what happens, we know that Covid-19 has brought unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, uncertainty, change, illness, trauma and loss. It's hard to find any household that has gone untouched - front line workers, carers and ordinary family members have been through some harrowing times.

The demand for psychological and emotional support has never been so high and will remain so for the foreseeable future.So as we - as therapists, counsellors, psychologists and the like - work to meet the needs of our clients, we have to be aware that the pandemic has also impacted our own lives. Where we may be busier than ever, this also means we need to pay additional attention to caring for ourselves. Isolation, excessive screen time and back-to-back client appointments are a recipe for burnout and apathy. As Therapists and Counsellors you will obviously have supervision in place, aswell as your own wellbeing activities, to manage how things feel. Why not add a peer support / peer supervision element to your practice? At Solihull Well Being Clinic, we are running monthly peer supervision sessions, for 75mins a time. They will be a chance to touch base with others in your position, reflect on practice, engage in reciprocal learning, develop skills and above all, feel connected!

Sessions are free to anyone registered with Solihull Well Being Clinic or just £7 otherwise. Get in touch, if you'd like to join us. The group will never be more than 6 therapists, in any one session. We work to retain the same membership in the group, so that it becomes a safe and supportive place to share and learn together.

Email if you'd like to link in with us.

Dr Bobby Sura

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Dr Bobby Sura is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising within the field of lifespan and family based mental health needs. He has over 20yrs NHS experience and 16yrs in the private sector, being the founder of Clinical Psychology Direct and Director for Solihull Well Being Clinic. Bobby is Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with eligibility for registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Association of Family Therapy (AFT). He manages a large service in Hall Green, Birmingham, with a range of Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists who offer their services on a private, fee paying basis.


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