And to the whole world in the last month, right? So much has changed since my March post. In Virginia we have been on stay-at-home orders for the past month. It’s been challenging to adapt to this surreal period, but most of us are doing it.
The good news is, I am still here! But with the lockdown, the definition of “here” has changed a bit. During this time, I won’t be doing therapy at the Fairfax office. I’m doing teletherapy for all current and new clients. This has been the case since mid-March, so at this point I’ve been seeing everyone through my online therapy platform. And you know what? I’ve been pleasantly surprised that everyone has done an amazing job in handling this transition. I know it’s hard for some people to wrap their heads around, the idea of doing therapy through a screen. Many of us are missing more human contact as we’ve been on lockdown. And we like having a separate space to go to, away from our work, home, etc. to be able to discuss our issues. I get that. But, right now, in-person is not the safest option. I’m taking this lockdown seriously and have been pretty much on lockdown myself, save a few needed trips to the grocery store. So in keeping with the goal of flattening the curve and lowering risk, it’s teletherapy.
The plus side? First of all, reduced risk of COVID-19 between us. Secondly, you don’t have to spend time or energy commuting to see me. Third, the research shows that one-on-one therapy is just as effective online as it is in person. And individual therapy is my specialty, so that works well.
When will I go back to seeing clients in person? Good question. There is a lot of uncertainty around this pandemic, and I can’t be sure, but I would estimate some time in June. The situation is evolving rapidly though, so what I can say is, I plan to be available to you via teletherapy as long as that seems to be the best option.
More positive changes: I have revamped my website so that it is up-to-date, and I have a Facebook Business Page.
Newsletter: I have decided to update the date of my monthly blog/newsletter to the second Tuesday of each month. I’ve found that this timing just makes more sense. So if you already subscribe to my newsletter, please keep an eye out then. Or, feel free to subscribe now.
And finally, I have added some videos to Facebook and my website, where I chat about your concerns and how I can help you.
To start seeing me via teletherapy:
Call me! You just need to be 18 or over, have a laptop, smartphone/tablet with internet connection, and be in the State of Virginia to do this therapy. (That last part is a requirement of my State Board.) Plus a private space you can go to in your home, to do this therapy. By the way, please don’t worry about what your space looks like to me. I get that we are mostly in our homes during all this. The important thing to me is that you and I both show up.
So with these changes, I’m still here. When you are ready, I’ll be here for you!
You may be on stay-at-home, but you can still get some relief.