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Under pressure

Under pressure

First published
Sunday 26 April 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

Why do most people come to therapy? Usually it is because they are struggling to manage emotions, to try to make sense of difficult life events or to try to navigate or improve difficult relationships.

Sometimes they meet for just a few sessions, sometimes for years. Therapists all have different ways of working but the most important thing is the relationship between therapist and client. So what happens when there is a global crisis which begins to impact on every one of us (including the therapists)? In March, before lockdown began, we asked a therapist who usually meets her clients for 50 minutes at the same time each week to keep a diary for us as the Covid-19 epidemic caught hold.

All clients names have been changed and the therapist has been anonymised. David Taylor, editor