"In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, and hope to despair." - Howard Thurman
These may be challenging times for you and your loved ones with new reports about health risks changing daily. During these extraordinary times, as we face unprecedented circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, you may experience fear, anxiety, despair, and grief as you adjust to all the changes and multiple losses. As we navigate these stressful days, I will continue to provide support to you in some innovative ways.
Health care professionals have advised us to follow social/physical distancing recommendations, limiting our contact with others as much as possible, in order to limit our risk of spreading the virus. I have decided, along with many of my colleagues, to follow the recommended best practice of holding sessions virtually for the time being. Hopefully, this change of venue will ensure that both you and I, as well as our loved ones, have minimal risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus. This means that temporarily we will no longer be meeting in my office and instead we will be using teletherapy (video).
Although it is an adjustment, many people enjoy video calls as we will be able to see each other’s faces and expressions making the experience more similar to our in-person sessions. Prior to our meeting, I will send you a secure link to join our video call session from either your phone or computer. You will need to find a space that is quiet and where you feel comfortable to engage in our therapy session. You also may prefer to use headphones or earbuds to reduce distractions.
This is a crucial time for all of us to maintain some sense of normalcy, to get support when we feel isolated, and to continue to enhance our strengths that impact our resiliency. Nan Henderson said: "Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds--trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain 'ole' life problems--and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful." This is my prayer, my hope for each of us as we navigate these particularly challenging days.
With kind regards,