"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
My Dear Clients,
I know that these may be scary times for you and your loved ones with new reports about health risks surfacing daily. During these extraordinary times, as we face unprecedented circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, you may experience fear, anxiety and even grief as plans are canceled and daily routines are completely shifted. I truly value our relationship and have developed a plan so we can continue to take care of your mental health during this time. As we navigate these stressful days, I hope to 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 video and phone calls, depending on your preference.
Many people prefer 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. If you choose this option, prior to our meeting I will send you a secure link to join our video call session from either your phone or computer. Regardless of which option you choose, 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.
I recognize that most people's lives have changed dramatically throughout this past week. Some are balancing childcare or care of loved ones with the demands of working from home. Some of you may share a home with people who increase your stress or anxiety and reduce your ability to have privacy easily. These changes may mean that your schedule looks different than you had imagined when originally scheduling your therapy session. I am open to exploring ways I may be able to accommodate your needs and will reschedule for a more appropriate time if possible.
I also recognize that some people are now out of work as many service-based businesses have closed. If your place of employment or source of income has been affected and you will struggle to pay my full fee, please do not hesitate to talk with me about your financial situation and we will negotiate a reduced rate if needed. If my services are normally covered under insurance, most major insurance companies have just this week agreed to cover tele therapy and phone therapy, so do not worry.
I want to be as flexible as possible as I know this is a crucial time for all of us to maintain some sense of normalcy, to get support when we are 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.
I look forward to connecting with you soon.
With kind regards,
Saturday, March 21, 2020