While it’s not possible to personally treat clients, online support, though sometimes challenging, have opened greater opportunities, often allowing for increased creativity and engagement during therapy sessions.

As society continues to adjust to social-distancing measures, Chroma’s post-adoption work has flourished. Virtual therapy has enabled new ways of working and has allowed therapists to review and refresh what they hope to achieve. Therapists have even found the distance enables the client to open-up more.

Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma, said: “We have found that in their own environment, clients appear to be more willing to share deep feelings, thoughts and emotions.

“In one instance a nine-year old child taking part in art therapy to help regulate emotions and support the relationship between parents and child. The child was able to find her voice through the creative medium and let her mum know what she needed from her.”

Breakthroughs such as these validate the need for post-adoption support whether it be delivered face to face or online. 

For clients living with a brain injury, adapting is key. In some cases, therapists are able to guide clients through speech and motor exercises via iPads situated in front of them. But where virtual therapy is not possible, the work has had to adapt to what is possible and safe, with therapists and carers are proving very creative.

The number of children suffering with mental health issues and anxiety has risen since the implementation of social distancing. Staying at home, for some children, is a relief as they no longer have to deal with difficult relationships. But for others, it is a challenge and a risk that the difficulties could escalate.

To help support parents, Chroma therapists have shifted their focus to the support network around a young client, providing more direct parent support to help enable them to provide the security and support the client needs.

Supporting the parents to manage their children’s anxieties and discovering other ways for their fears to be heard and met other than acting out, is vital.

Therapy sessions are ongoing, but with a change of aim or approach, whether that be session duration or frequency or maybe even a shift in focus. Each case is different and is assessed accordingly to ensure the client receives the therapy sessions they need to support them through this difficult time.

Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma said “Online therapy is not appropriate for everyone, but for those who are able to participate, we are seeing amazing results from clients, parents and carers.

“As we struggle to live with social changes, it is really uplifting to see families coming together, interacting and engaging more in therapy sessions, with positive results. Of course, we look forward to face-to-face contact with clients once again, but for now, online therapy is proving an effective tool for our clients.”