Making the Connections
For Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Coaches
I have an update:
A respected healthcare colleague sent this Medium article out after closing his in-person practice down indefinitely (to only practicing telehealth). "This article has received over 27 million reads over 72 hrs. and contains important information, as this pandemic has not been experienced before by anyone alive today. It has been translated into multiple languages already."
I am realizing that I can do my part by following his lead. Let's flatten the curve in spreading this virus and act now.
I welcome your thoughts, and will send out an email soon with instructions on how to make our next session a telehealth appointment. As a reminder, I have done telehealth sessions for years and while they can be experienced as "different" than coming in person, they also tend to be useful and meaningful similar to meeting at my office.
Thank you for your support of this conservative and preventative approach.
Also, someone recently taught me a meditation to become present when the fear of the unknown and current events overtakes me. When I breathe in, I say to myself, "I am here." and when I breathe out, I feel the words, "Here I am."
Keep breathing and I'll see you online at our next session!
In a time where we are all likely to feel more isolated, I know that *not* meeting in person with your provider can be another blow, and appreciate your flexibility in keeping me, you, and other clients safe during this unprecedented time of caution, care, and preventative social distancing.
If you need to do a phone call for our first session while we get the our tele-health routines arranged, we can start our next session by phone and orient to below instructions together. However, for your information, please find the following guidelines. As I mentioned in my previous email, I've done tele-health for years and most clients find this a suitable portal for their needs when we are unable to meet in person.
1) The session will be through therabook, which is what you signed into to see this email. Here is a link to FAQ on sessions through this portal. Some people ask, why not do this through facetime or skype ? The answer is that in general, those sites are not secure for a confidential session.
2) Technology - If you haven't checked already, please make sure you are using (or download) Firefox or Google chrome for your internet browser when we meet. Also, to use video conferencing (so I can see you also), make sure that your computer has a functional camera connected.
Sometimes, depending on online traffic, there can be difficulty with the video feed (it will lag, become blurry, or cut out). If so, we will try to do a phone call with video turned on and muted. This way, if the video feed cuts out, we will still be able to keep hearing and interacting as normal.
3) Safe Space - If you were meeting with me in person, we meet in a private office where we are uninterrupted and you are not be required to do anything except be there for yourself. Since we are not meeting in person, I need you to make sure of your situation and space is as safe for you as possible to be however you need to be during our time together. This ideally looks like: