Counsellors can see when their clients are going through a particularly difficult or turbulent time. Whether it be a period of great change, a time of low mood, or a series of tough events that have occurred one after another — sometimes clients need a little more help and support. With many counsellors and clients meeting digitally instead of in-person, it can be tricky to connect. However, there are ways to help your client feel supported even at a distance. We’ve outlined tips on how to support clients through a life transition below.
Encourage clients to reach out to their network
Isolating the self during stressful times can lead to more negativity, anxiety, depression and rumination. To help clients break out of that, encourage them to reach out to their network and break the pattern of loneliness. The social connection can make a huge difference in mood and thought patterns. So while many isolate themselves during challenging times, encouraging them to do the exact opposite is a fantastic way to help them find connection with others.
Practice self-care and compassion
While a network can be hugely beneficial in supporting clients through a life transition, the relationship with self is just as important. Encourage clients to regularly check-in with themselves. Are they feeling burnt out, energized, or excited? What other feelings are coming up? Do they need to take a break or keep pushing on? These self check-ins will help clients take rests when they need to, and move forward when it’s time.
Use technology to support your clients
Regular homework check-ins can have a big positive impact on the client-counsellor relationship, especially during a life transition. Technology is one of the most efficient ways to connect with clients and follow-up on homework between sessions. A digital homework app like Therachat allows counsellors to check-in with their clients, encourage positive routines and thought patterns, and engage in emotion check-ins. Save time with pre-made activities, or customize your own to support your client’s unique needs. Supporting your clients with a digital touchpoint can help them get through life transitions more smoothly and reach their personal goals.
Support your clients from one life moment to the next
Every client will go through ups and downs — particularly through major life moments or transitions. Offering a little extra support and engaging in more check-ins can make a huge difference in helping your clients feel supported as they move from one period in their life to another.
Use digital tools to elevate your practice and client care. Therachat’s innovative features are here to help you support your clients. Learn more about Therachat for clinicians.