CCW Therapists Continue to Help Women as Covid Continues
October 10th marked World Mental Health Day which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. While social distancing and lockdowns have become a necessary reality during Covid, they also increase isolation. In that sense, the current crisis has once again proven that mental health is just as important as physical health, both equally impacting the quality of life.
From around April 2021 (marking a year since Israel’s first lockdown) the emotional effects of the difficult past year were clearly felt where the public mental health system was unable to respond to the high demand revealing a serious shortage in mental health services. At CCW we also experienced a huge influx of women in distress who turned to our clinics in need of psychotherapy.
CCW therapists emphasize that the extra pressure and uncertainty created by the pandemic conditions have exacerbated the psychological challenges that many women face. In particular, a growing number of women from low-income groups are currently coping with even harsher economic conditions as they have not been able to return to work.
Below we share with you stories of two clients who were affected by the Covid crisis and how therapy at CCW helped them during this time.
Story of R.
R., a woman in her 30s and married with two small children, came to CCW because she and her husband were experiencing marital problems. Covid had a serious impact on the family as it significantly lowered her husband’s income. The financial stress and worry caused her husband extreme anxiety and frustration which negatively affected his relationship with her and the children. This in turn increased the tension and distress at home which was already present before Covid.
The therapy which R. received at CCW helped her understand the dynamics in the relationship between her and her husband. They both came from difficult homes and together were re-creating patterns of behavior at home which they both wanted to avoid. Through therapy R. found new ways of breaking these disruptive behavioral patterns, and acquired tools to react differently to her husband, thereby reducing distress at home. Subsequently she became a source of stability in the family and created a safe space which was critically needed by her two small children.