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Telephone Counselling: a Solution to getting Psychotherapy or Counselling during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

#Coronavirus has affected the whole population of the world in some shape or form, and getting psychotherapy is no exception. Over the last two weeks, I have had a huge number of people phone me, desperate for therapy but worried about going out. And soon, presumably, we will be forced to stay in our home or at least strongly advised to stay in solitude. This is going to be a difficult time for everybody of the next few weeks. Most people crave social interaction and this virus has put a stop to almost all social events.

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Thankfully, I do offer Zoom and other #videopsychotherapy. I have also offered #telephonecounselling for a number of years, and this is most effective when it is combined with homework tasks, behaviour techniques and reframing. It is not advisable, however, to do hypnotherapy on a conference video call. However, the way round this is to act out the hypnosis technique over the phone and then practise it in your own time.

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Toning Down the Coronavirus: A Fatalist Psychotherapist’s View

I have to say that I am not impressed with the way that the media have covered this topic. I believe that they have hyped this phenomenon and it has certainly penetrated global media, political and scientific platforms.
Compared to the outbreak of, say, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or Ebola, there has been a rapid and well-coordinated response – epidemiologists, researchers and public health and funding agencies have worked together to reduce the spread of 2019-nCoV. Now, compare this to the Ebola outbreak when the Chinese government were accused of being slack in dealing with this problem. However, the news and, particularly, social media have also been unprecedented—Chinese whispers? In fact, they have been relentless. Indeed, in the social media domain, articles have included statements from academic articles which have over-exaggerated and overstated the strength of causal inference. Stories of evacuation, quarantine and the eating of Chinese bats have added to this hype. This has also caused some xenophobia and racism amongst some Brits, and this has led to racist verbal and physical attacks on some Chinese in the UK. In fact, the WHO warned recently against, ‘unnecessary unhelpful profiling of individuals based on ethnicity’.
Moreover, the volume of articles (including posts and cartoons) reporting Coronavirus makes it impossible to collate, analyse or cross-reference existing scientific data. What this does, of course, is fuel speculation and exaggeration, leading to mass hyperchondriasis. The media have focussed its attention now on this virus, rather than on Brexit.
People tend to be frightened about what they don’t know, and it is these unknowns which fuel fear. For instance,  how many people left Wuhan before the lockdown were incubating the virus?
According to figures recorded on 10th of February, there had been 118,347 and 4,267 deaths reported to WHO. It is true that some patients remain in intensive care, but the overall mortality rate is 1.4%. The average age for someone to die with this virus is 79%. There is no evidence to show that 2019-nCoV spreads more rapidly than the flu or has a higher mortality rate (Rodrigues-Morales, 2020).
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In conclusion, I believe that we should help to reduce all this hype and hysteria surrounding Coronavirus, certainly at this stage. The media tends to focus on doom and gloom. But, as a health professional, I can focus on the networking that has been done so far on this virus, and other altruistic measures. For example, vaccine developments and public health measures have been put into place so far and these are becoming more effective each day. Diagnostic tests have also been developed over the last month and these have been shared outside the UK and the US. As a psychotherapist and counsellor, the most important thing that I tell my clients to do is to not panic. We have had pandemics and epidemics before; the only difference here is the fact that this one has been reported on over and over again. People have been brainwashed and have over-reacted. Let’s be sensible, wash our hands and keep healthy.
David Kraft is a well-respected psychotherapist in the Enfield area; he also has a practice in Harley Street, London.
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What is a School Street and how does this help to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Teachers and Parents?

Two weeks’ ago, two ‘school streets’ opened. So what is a ‘school street’? A school street is when the roads surrounding the school close. This means that the whole of the area surrounding the school is free from traffic; as a result, when parents come to pick up their children from school, there is reduced pollution and there isn’t nearly the same amount of stress and anxiety. In most areas in north London, parents drive as close as they can to the school at pick up time: this causes pollution and congestion. In fact, many teachers point out that it can become dangerous on the streets with so many cars on the road. However, this is not the case in a ‘school street’. From Monday to Friday, during term time, only pedestrians, cyclists, permit holders and residents are allowed in the roads immediately adjacent to the school. So far, there are two schools which have signed up to this new scheme in the Borough of Enfield – namely, Oakthorpe Primary School, Palmers Green, and St Monica’s Catholic School near Southgate.

These schemes help to forge a more harmonious atmosphere in the local area, and they are extremely important to both children and parents. They also help to reduce stress for local teachers who are duty outside the school at the end of the day. The idea is that pupils also take up other forms of active travelling – cycling, walking, jogging and so forth. This scheme has all sorts of benefits for well being and the environment. Indeed, Climate Action Enfield is making further plans to reduce carbon monoxide in Enfield. As a psychotherapist, I often meet parents and teachers who are plagued by stress and anxiety particularly when it comes to home time. Many parents have to leave half an hour early in order to pick up their children. And teachers who are on duty—and this includes form tutors in the primary school setting, who cannot leave until they know that all their pupils are safe—really suffer at the end of the school day. This causes stress and anxiety at a time when teachers should be recovering from a hard day’s work. This new scheme is an excellent attempt to remedy this situation, and it is hoped that similar ‘school streets’ will appear in the rest of the Borough of Enfield.

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Therapist for the Stars

Last month, TV presenter, Caroline Flack, committed suicide just weeks before she was due to appear in court. She had been accused of assaulting her boyfriend and this, together with mass media coverage, had had a terrible effect on her mental health. Caroline Flack, who was brought up in Enfield, north London, won the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014. A member of her family asked the press to be respectful and provide them with some time away from press coverage to grieve her death. However, as per usual, the press continued to write article upon article making assumptions about the situation prior to the suicide. Caroline is the third contestant in the dating show to have committed suicide; surely, questions have to be asked about the effect of mass, targeted media coverage of these celebrities. Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Graydon also complained that the media made up terrible lies about their lives and, the problem is that readers tend to believe what is written. This can make celebrities feel isolated, unprotected, let down and vulnerable. This leads to feelings of hopelessness, depression and anxiety amongst many other psychological conditions. Some people can cope with media attention but, for others, particularly when what is being said is not kind, find it more difficult. This can lead to drug abuse, over-eating or under-eating, alcohol addiction, and other maladaptive behaviours. Joshua Anthony has gained over half a million signatures in the attempt to make changes to the way that the media reports public figures like Caroline Flack. Let’s see what happens…

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David Kraft is a well-respected psychotherapist. Based in Harley Street, he also has a private practice in Enfield. Some celebrities know him as ‘the therapist for the stars’; however, this is not widely known, because all his clients tend to keep their therapy secret; and, indeed, confidentiality is of paramount importance.

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Building for the future? What about nature? Psychotherapist, David Kraft, talks about the importance of nature to mental well being

In a December issue of the Enfield Dispatch (No. 15), James Cracknell spoke of a public fear that one of the best known golf clubs in the local area would be destroyed and turned into another commercial enterprise. This time it is Whitewebbs. In the spring of last year, the council reported that they intended to lease the golf course to a private source in order to cover costs. Whitewebbs is a 42-hectare golf course just under 2 miles from the centre of Enfield Town and just off the M25. We have learned recently, from Enfield Dispatch, that a further 55 hectares were included in the bids. Some local golfers are distraught about this news because they have recently learnt that some enterprises intend to close the golf club, which has been open for some 87 years. Some bidders have suggested turning it into a leisure complex. Other ideas include an outdoor gym and a biking facility. This problem is not just one for the golfers. The additional adjacent land might also been destroyed in the process. This land is part of a suite of Green Belt which runs from the Forty Hill Estate to Hilly Fields. Residents from Enfield, Cheshunt, Forty Hill and other surrounding areas enjoy the land for recreation. Indeed, this land has been enjoyed by local residents for over a hundred years.

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Nature and enjoying the local surroundings are topics which often come up in my work as a psychotherapist. In fact, it has been well documented that spending time in the countryside, growing produce and enjoying green spaces can improve mental wellbeing, increase confidence, reduce stress, increase relaxation and improve overall mental health. Those who suffer from depression, for instance, often benefit from going on long walks: indeed, I often advise clients to walk their dogs or go out on their own to experience some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of town life. This is an essential part of psychological rehabilitation. Whether you are doing CBT, psychotherapy or are seeing a psychologist, it is important to add this element to the work that you do in the consulting room. And, particularly in busy towns, and Enfield is by no means an exception, people need to experience the calmness and serenity of open spaces. This is why places like Whitewebbs and the adjacent lands are so important to the local community. Let us hope that some of this land is left for people to enjoy in the future.

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The importance of fulfilling one’s potential in psychotherapy

In the recent issue of the Enfield Haringey Independent, James Cowen wrote an interesting article on the inspirational running coach, Vinod Patel, who had just been awarded the British Citizen Award for his services in the local community. On 23rd of January, Mr Patel went to the Palace of Westminster where he was awarded the prestigious award. For the last 40 years, Mr Patel has been coaching runners in Enfield for free. And, not only has he coached them but he has spent a great deal of time devises tailor-made fitness schedules for competitors in and around Enfield Town. He was presented his metal at the House of Lords by the famous TV presenter Michael Underwood.

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Mr Patel is a well-known character in the Enfield community and he works alongside people from all ages and backgrounds. What is important about this story is that Mr Patel spoke of the importance of helping everyone realize their potential. This is similar to the work that I do as a psychotherapist. As a therapist, I often talk to my clients about realizing their potential—working through problems and then envisaging their desired future. Of course, it is important, during therapy, to isolate troubled issues and anxieties; however, often, the solution to dealing with psychological problems involves devising a tailor-made approach to treatment. This may involve devising a plan of activities to suit the person’s need. Regularly, individuals in therapy talk about things that they enjoyed doing in the past with a sense of longing; and, indeed, part of the psychotherapy is working towards getting individuals back to enjoying life to the full. These activities could be anything—for example doing exercise, playing football, going to the theatre, playing a musical instrument or planning regular visits to foreign cities. But whatever the passion, it is important to plan your schedule so that you can enjoy those hobbies. Fulfilling your potential is an important aspect of psychotherapy.

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Extremism in Enfield – Tackling individual diferences and Cultural Diversity

Sadiq Khan has recently put £800,000 in order to tackle extremism in the City of London. Community groups who focus their attention on violent extremism will be helped; this will enable groups in communities to deal with hate crime and extremist behaviour. In the recent copy of the Enfield Independent, reporters stated that hate crime had risen by a third in the past four years. Homophobic attacks and anti-Semitic violence has also risen significantly over the last decade. Local organisation can bid for up to £50,000 through the Mayor’s initiative. The money will go towards investigating and, hopefully, stopping these crimes.

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Enfield is a culturally diverse town. People need to feel secure in the place in which they live: they need to feel accepted and safe. Without this fundamental issue in place, people often suffer from low-esteem, anxiety, depression and anger and this can develop into a range of concomitant psychological problems. Some people are able to deal with these issues by talking to a friend; but, for others, these problems become insurmountable. If you require more assistance with a psychological issue, it is sometimes helpful to see a professional psychotherapist. More Information.

 

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£400,000 for Exercise Projects in 32 Boroughs including Enfield, Barnet and Hackney

 

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, December 11th 2019, reporters advised readers that there would be a £400,000 boost for exercise projects in the local area. Transport for London (TfL) recently announced that they would be funding new grants for local communities; and, in fact, 60 community groups will receive money in order to get people more active. There will be a new scheme for local cyclists in the Enfield area. This project is called the ‘Swift Riders Cycling Club’. Children in the local area will be taught how to ride bikes safely and conscientiously. David Kraft, a local psychotherapist, said that this move would be extremely helpful for people in the local area and would, inevitably, have an effect of reducing anxiety and increasing confidence levels for local residents taking part’. The Muslim Education Community Centre will also be involved in getting people riding bikes; generously, they are funding new tandem bikes for the blind so that they can ride with a partner. The blind often feel isolated and spent long periods inside: this will help them to enjoy nature in the Enfield area and exercising at the same time. And, in addition, there is another cycling venture, ‘Stars ‘N’ Stripes’, which has been set up in Hackney: this group is running cycling courses for children aged 2 and over. If you are interesting in walking, Fusion Lifestyle leisure centres, in several locations, will be offering graded walks for all fitness levels. There are also cycling and walks organised for parents; and there is a buddy scheme for wheelchair users, and some centres have modified bikes so that they can be used by people in wheelchairs.

Exercise is important for wellbeing. During and after exercise, the brain releases endorphins which have an effect on mood, energy levels and sleep; and, this, in combination, can have a positive effect on confidence and resilience. This, in turn, has a knock-on effect on mood: people who exercise are less likely to develop depression or other mood disorders. Doing regular exercise means that you will be unlikely to put on weight, and it reduces the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Most people who come to see me for depression or anxiety problems are not doing regular exercise; and so, it is a question that I often ask people when they come for counselling or psychotherapy. The psychotherapeutic approach that I take is holistic: I never work in a vacuum and I am also thinking about my clients’ well being as a whole—their home life, relationships, the work setting, their ability to be creative or to express themselves. Exercise is another aspect of that needs to be addressed in the consulting room. If you would like to see me for psychotherapy or counselling, please ring me for an assessment on 07946 57945.

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Diversity, Equality and Mental Health in the Workplace: the Enfield Perspective

According to the recent 2019 Hays Diversity and Inclusion Report, which analysed results from 5,200 individuals, 58% of professionals look for the organisation’s diversity and inclusion policies when looking for potential jobs. In the recent edition of the Enfield & Haringey Independent, it was pointed out that most people, particularly those under the age of 25, look for information relating to diversity and equality when researching potential jobs; however, 62% have reported that they often find this difficult. And, in the local Enfield area, where there is a huge degree of diversity, it has becomes more and more important to put suitable policies in place. Professionals who look for information on diversity are accessing their suitability within the framework of the corporation. Strictly, one’s race, beliefs or colour are nothing to do with how good people are at doing a job; however, in the workplace, there are always prejudices, and, often, discrimination can be present in the workplace. Sometimes, discrimination is explicit and, in these instances, procedures need to be put in place in order to deal with this. However, and this is something that is more difficult to tackle, discrimination can be implicit or subtle and this can also cause problems for employees. This can also lead to psychological problems including depression, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, anger, sleeping problems, medically unexplained conditions and social problems both in situ and at home.

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Loss of Jobs in Enfield Town Causes Anxiety for up to 140 Members of Staff

In the recent edition of the Enfield and Haringey Independent, it was reported that the council has decided to end a deal with the cleaning firm Enfield Norse. This means that up to 140 members of the cleaning staff will lose their jobs. The decision was taken by Enfield council bosses at the October meeting: they said that ‘insourcing’ would offer better employment options as well as the option to join the local government pension scheme. However, local councillors for both the Conservatives and the Labour parties have raised concerns. Local buildings are also going to be sold off and this will also cause disruption and job losses. Cabinet minister, Cllr Mary Maguire, said that the move to sell local buildings would not cause any compulsory redundancies; however, these decisions have caused unrest in the local area, and residents as well as local workers in the Enfield area have stressed that these political moves cause unrest and anxiety in the local community. Gill, a lady in the Enfield area said, ‘We need job security, especially because of the cost of housing and rent in Enfield: without this people get ill and some have to go on antidepressants for depression or anxiety’.

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Enfield

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