I am currently offering remote and in person sessions based on the comfort and discretion of each individual client. In person sessions use the following risk mitigation protocols:
Clinician and client will self-screen for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat) and will reschedule or switch to video/audio if symptoms are present
Clinician and client will maintain 6 feet of physical distance
Clinician and client will cover mouth and nose during session
Hand sanitizer will be available for use
Client will wait outside the building and notify clinician by text message upon arrival
Clinician will sanitize office before and after every session
Remote sessions will continue to be available to all clients
I am using doxy.me for video sessions. Check it out here. It is easy to use, no program to download, just open a link with a Chrome or Firefox browser. Doxy is HIPPA compliant. Below is a screen shot of me on a Doxy call with my husband, this is what you’ll see in virtual therapy session (except the picture in the corner will be your face!).
The novel coronavirus has become a central character in our lives. The uncertainties are immense and can create a drive to seek out information, which can be found on-line in limitless amounts. The trouble with getting on-line and looking for answers is that the information is sometimes misleading, many times anxiety-provoking, and all too infrequently doesn’t satisfy the need for safety and stability.
When you feel that need to KNOW, and it seems like maybe you need latest information about the virus, go ahead and look. Check out your city or county’s website or your state’s department of health website, or go even broader with CDC or WHO. And then Stop Surfing the web. Unplug from the the news. Seek more satisfying safety. Touch, hug, make eye contact with the people that you are allowed to be near. Call a friend or family member. Find a private, cozy space and wrap a blanket around you. Movement also soothes the nervous system and brings a sense of safety. Breath and stretch, do yoga or tai chi. Or it could be that your body needs to move at a higher tempo, have a dance party in your living room or a brisk walk through your neighborhood. Only you can really tell what will feel good, so tune in to your body to find the answers.
The intensity and urgency of this time in our lives will fade and normalcy will resume. In the meantime we can make choices to influence how we feel moment to moment. It helps me to remember that every moment is different than the one before and the one that comes next. Fill your moments with thoughts, words, images, actions that make you feel good. This is not to say you should ignore the things that make you feel bad, they definitely need attention too. For more thoughts on taking care of your mental health during this pandemic please see my blog. Or check out some other resources, like this blog from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavior Medicine, or pandemic care resources and meditations from Tara Brach.