Current Counseling Realities with COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life. Like many of you, Olive Tree Counseling Center is monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), regional news, and local news very closely. And as always, we are working closely with both those inquiring for counseling, and our staff, regarding safety and recommended protocols.

All our counseling is now primarily in person again, although we have a limited number of openings available for online intensives for those who are still unable to travel due to COVID-19.

Keep up on the latest travel requirements to Turkey at:

Contact info@olivetreecounseling.org with any questions.

AT THE OFFICE:

Because our clients travel from around the world and have often booked flights in advance to be here, we ask you to help us take careful precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@olivetreecounseling.org. Thank you for working with us to ensure your safety and the safety of others!

 

This short video outlines the steps we are taking at the office for your safety, and the safety of our team.

UPDATE ON QUARANTINE NEEDS: In the event of any exposure and/or you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive, please make sure to notify your counselor ASAP so we can take the extra precautions necessary or notify others. Our staff are taking the same precautions.

If you have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID and:

  • Are NOT currently fully vaccinated, you should quarantine for 5-7 days and then get tested yourself. Please notify your counselor to reschedule.
  • If you have been vaccinated (+2 weeks post second shot) then you should monitor for symptoms but do not need to get tested. Please notify your counselor.

 

VACCINATION UPDATE:  At this time, if you have been fully vaccinated, Turkey still requires wearing a mask in public spaces, in the office building until you reach the counseling room and exercise caution during your time at OTCC. However, you should NOT need a negative PCR test if traveling from most countries (See above link to get the latest information on Turkey’s requirements.) 

 

Vaccination Cards are required (should be linked to your HES CODE) so you can enter many public spaces. Without this you can be denied access to places / public transportation. If you have a negative PCR test within 2 days, that is also acceptable. If you are not vaccinated, you will be limited in entering larger public spaces (i.e. malls, cinemas, and some stores) and the only public transportation available to you will be taxis.

Additional Resources

These specific articles listed below provide insights and ideas that we have found helpful. By sharing these resources, OTCC is not necessarily supporting the rest of this site’s articles or statements of faith.
Adjusting to the “New Normal” by Lisa Green, LPC-MHSP, Executive Director
Ten Ways to Manage Stress in a COVID-19 World by John Leverington,  LMFT, LPC, LCSW
TCKI Quarantine Resources (for Families)
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: GRIEF LIFE & LOSS
The COVID-19 pandemic is an epidemiological crisis, but also a psychological one. While the situation provokes anxiety, stress and sadness, it is also a time of collective sorrow, says Sherry Cormier, PhD, a psychologist says, “It’s important that we start recognizing that we’re in the middle of this collective grief. We are all losing something now.”
THE THREE SECRETS OF RESILIENT PEOPLE (Video)

Watch the Three Secrets of Resilient People by Dr. Lucy Hone, Director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience describe her own experience with loss and suffering.

Sometimes it’s helpful to process the effects of COVID with a professional. We’re well aware of the unique circumstances living overseas during a pandemic has brought. Don’t hesitate to reach out to learn more.

Contact us

info@olivetreecounseling.org

+90 (532) 057 33 45