WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
The good news is COVID-19 vaccines are working and restrictions across Europe are starting to be lifted. But for the many people who have spent the last year strictly following lockdown rules, the prospect of freedom isn’t as appealing as it once was.
After much time spent isolated at home, socially distanced in the streets and masked up, ‘the great outdoors’ now provokes anxiety rather than enjoyment and they don’t quite feel ready to re-enter society.
To understand how people will need to adapt to the ‘new normal’, Stephen Cole speaks to Psychology Professor Nadia Svirydzenka and Children’s Therapist Anjali Singh-Mitter.
MEET THE EXPERTS
Dr Nadia Svirydzenka is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at De Montfort University in the UK. She is also the Deputy Director at the Mary Seacole Research Centre of Mental Health, Culture & Diversity. She attended the University of Dundee where she was awarded a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology.
Anjali Singh-Mitter is a therapist who specialises in developing resilience in children. Recently she has been working closely with the children of key workers who have been impacted by the pandemic. Singh-Mitter uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis alongside leading London therapist Dr Shomit Mitter, her father.
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