COVID-19 Practice Change Update
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing efforts to reduce spread and protect others, all sessions will be held using phone or video. Because most video platforms are already overwhelmed, I am recommending use of phone sessions. To make phone sessions as useful as in person sessions, I suggest:
Protect your privacy. Let those around you know you will be unavailable for the next 50 minutes and go behind a locked door. If you have a white noise machine or iPad, laptop, or old smart phone, consider downloading a white noise app and place it next to the door, facing out. Check out my resources page for links to white noise app options.
Reduce distractions. Plan to meet basic needs before the session (meals/snacks, bathroom, movement) so you can focus on our work together. Be mindful of which room you choose. Avoid your own bedroom or getting on a bed at all. Make sure no television is on around you or a window that shows you a busy street.
Come ready to work. Get your therapy journal or a notebook and pen. If possible, sit down at a table or somewhere that you can focus and work. During the session, write out things that are important to you and write out your homework.
I am aware that for some the recent changes related to COVID-19 and social distancing have caused employment changes. If you have been impacted by this and payment for sessions has become difficult, please bring this up with me. I want to make sure that during this time those in need of counseling are able to obtain services. We can work together to find something that is functional.