Dylan Kerr

BA in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling 2019
The River Inpatient Rehab

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.
My role has been stretched recently in my work, we've been operating since the outbreak of COVID-19.  We've been dealing with a lot of anxiety over the spread of COVID-19.  A lot of my ex-clients who struggle with addiction issues have been contacting me on tips to manage their anxiety.  In dealing with anxiety it is important to be as resourceful as possible as adversity is high, here we are increasing focus on anxiety management through the use of CBT and breathing exercises.

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?
It's important to take care of other matters during this crisis, matters like addiction, depression and other forms of mental illness aren't going way, they're going to increase and worsen. We're doing all we can to ensure people feel safe and still continue to work on their ongoing issues.