Over the past few months, I have had many conversations with my clients about COVID-19. For some, these conversations have been marked with communication of pain and suffering. For others, it has involved sharing of how circumstances have allowed them to adopt healthier outlooks and make positive decisions for their well-being.
Like my clients, COVID-19 has forced me to reflect on my own attitudes and behaviours. Common themes both in my own reflections and with my clients, are the importance of setting boundaries and having a good routine. Coming out of COVID-19 restrictions has allowed me to re-adopt routines and behaviours that existed pre-COVID-19. In implementing some, I have reaped rewards for my well-being. In implementing others, I have wondered whether or not I need to revert back. It has very much made me question, what are the good things I need to go back to? What are the not so good things I need to adjust?
Have you been asking yourself the same questions? What are the changes you need to make? As we all come out of COVID-19, let’s start a conversation with our loved ones around how we want life to look like moving forward. Does it look the same as before or does it look different?
Michelle Dean (M Clin Psych, BA (Hons – First Class), brings her genuine care and compassion for people, along with her keen insight and analytical abilities to her work. Michelle is registered with Medicare and is also an approved practitioner in the NSW Workers Compensation System.
Through her various roles, she has developed a deep understanding of how these difficulties develop and impact on people in different life stages. Michelle has been able to assist her clients in developing skills to manage their anxiety and depression, along with enabling them to develop a healthy sense of self and greater self confidence. Michelle is a high calibre and compassionate professional and she is wonderful at being able to see the complexities of a clinical presentation and bring her therapeutic work down to a manageable and structured approach.