Physically Isolated but Socially Connected

Covid-19 kills but social isolation and loneliness carry it’s own risks. A study by Lee, Depp, Palmer and Glorioso (2019), which looked at adverse health effects of loneliness across the adult life span discovered that  76% had moderate-high levels of loneliness, which correlated with worse mental and physical functioning.

There was no sex difference in loneliness and greatest severity was experienced in late 20’s, mid 50’s and late 80’s. Hugh Mackay in his book ‘The Art of Belonging’, notes that security is a major issue for those living alone and can manifest as a pronounced need to keep themselves and homes safe, and increased fears about health and financial security. At this time when both our health and financial wellbeing are severely threatened, such fears are exacerbated.

So here is our challenge.  How do we provide an antidote to loneliness and the risks it carries while keeping ourselves physically safe? There is no debate that physical distancing is essential, but must that mean social isolation? Now is a time when we must become more creative, more proactive and less frightened of relationship. As we become appropriately avoidant of germs, we must become less sensitive to rejection and braver in approaching each other (at a safe distance) to offer connection that protects. It’s a good time to discover your neighbours.

Lee, E., Depp, C., Palmer, B., and Glorioso, D. High prevalence and adverse health effects of loneliness in community-dwelling adults across the lifespan: role of wisdom as a protective factor Volume 31, Issue 10 (Issue Theme: Dementia and the Society) October 2019 , pp. 1447-1462

 

 

Specialist Online Counselling

Support and therapeutic services for people experiencing the impact of their own and others’ distress 
“It’s in the dead of night when it gets me… what if?”. These are the words of a client who, like all of us, is facing the fear of the invisible enemy, COVID-19. It’s the ‘what ifs?” that are so distressing. What if my elderly parents get sick? what if I lose my job? ‘What if my business fails?’ What if the schools close and my children are at home alone? What if I can’t pay my rent? What if? what if, what if? This level of distress indicates the need for expert help.
Now is the time to help each other with kindness, calm, consistency and clarity. It is also a time for both clients and their service providers to be supported by skilled practitioners.
Bower Place has a 33-year history of providing expert professional help to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and organizations struggling with the most difficult personal, relational and social difficulties. In response to the pandemic we have organised our staff into expert teams to respond to each client’s need in their unique context. The need may be for direct services to clients or to those who are providing other forms of care.  All staff have access to the most recent and secure technology so we can continue to offer the highest level of therapeutic services on-line and with safety and confidentiality. Our system allows us to work with individuals, couples, families and work groups to address individual and relational difficulties.
For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au
NDIS Services
Bower Place is an experienced NDIS service provider, of therapeutic practice, support coordination, and therapeutic mentoring with expertise in services for complex, co-morbid, child, adolescent and adult mental health, disability and child protection matters. We work therapeutically with cognitively challenged clients and those with significant cultural, language or religious differentials. Bower Place works in 7 first languages; English, Mandarin, Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Dinka and Russian.
Bower Place is seasoned in online service delivery and we have organised our staff into expert teams to respond to each client’s need in their unique context. This may be for direct services to clients or those providing other forms of care. All staff have access to the most recent and secure technology in order to offer the highest level of therapeutic services on-line and with safety and confidentiality. Our system allows us to work with individuals, couples, families and work groups. We are also skilled to provide support and guidance to those who work with their own clients or patients.
For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au
Knowledge and Training – Professional Development
The declaration of a global pandemic reasonably increases everyone’s stress and anxiety, yet it is crucial that we mange ourselves and our key relationships at home and work. Being frightened increases the risk of family conflict and domestic violence as fear and a loss of control translates into anger. At work staff may become immobilised and unproductive at a time where we need to be increasingly dextrous, creative and supportive of each other. This is particularly true of those working in the human services field; psychology, social work, accounting, law whose clients look to for clear, unequivocal guidance, support and advice. As the demand from our clients increases, we may find ourselves doubly overwhelmed and unable to adequately respond to them and others in our world.
Professionals in both the public and private sectors have expertise in their chosen field, be it medicine, law or accounting, but are constrained to respond to the emotional demands of their clients. They may also feel overwhelmed by those demands. The task of emotional helping requires specialist expertise in managing complex situations, an ability to assess the dynamics and difficulties that present both individually and relationally and understand the impact of the current health crisis on individuals, families and the work contexts. It must also be done in a way the protects the health and wellbeing of all parties.
High quality training and professional development to colleagues, business leaders, teams and organizations will continue to be offered as on-line supervision and training. Input can be tailored to the specific needs of the individual practitioner, team or work group to help them work more effectively with their client group while remaining effective and functional.
Bower Place provides confidential expert online consultations for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing the impact of the COVID-19. When humans experience extraordinary external stressors, individual and relationship distress between couples and within families can escalate. Delivery of services uses secure on-line technology.
For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au