Therapy During the COVID-19 Crisis
Whew! It’s been a stressful couple of weeks, to say the least. With all of the rapid developments regarding the COVID-19 virus and how it is affecting life as we know it, I thought I should drop you a note regarding both my practice and what we can do to help one another through this time of collective crisis.
As of today, I will continue to see clients in the office. My office allows for proper distancing to prevent spreading the virus, and I will be working diligently to keep things sanitized. Although I will not be shaking hands for a while, I will continue to provide the therapeutic support that my clients need. This plan is obviously flexible, as things seem to be changing by the hour so I will keep you informed regarding any upcoming changes.
I do however need you to know that my wife works in a senior care facility with some of the people most vulnerable to this virus. Because of this, I’m asking all of my clients to act with an abundance of caution. If you even think you’ve been exposed, I’d like you to consider the possibility of moving our work to an online video environment. I’ve been offering online therapy in Oklahoma and Texas for quite a while now, and I can say that once you get used to the technology and plan for the possible glitches, the therapy process is very similar to the experience of face to face therapy in the office – except you will have to provide your own Kleenex when necessary.
If the possibility of online sessions during this time works for you, please let me know. I will send you a list of instructions to walk you through what to expect and what is required in terms of setting up the technology – it’s easy, I promise. I use a secure platform called TheraLink that is set up specifically for teletherapy and is HIPAA compliant. I recognize that the rules for HIPAA have been modified somewhat during this crisis, but my commitment to your confidentiality has not. I assure you that regardless of the platform, I will continue to utilize best practices regarding your confidential information.
I want to do my best to support people through this uncertain time. If there is anything I can do along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask. If there is someone that you know that is struggling during this time, please send them my direction if you think I can help a little. Watch out for one another in these strange days…and don’t forget to wash your hands.
Chris Green, LMFT