This is a question that has come up for many people: Should I attend my therapy session during the Coronavirus Pandemic? Should I cancel my therapy session? But especially now, I need to talk to my therapist!
Naturally, during this challenging time of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, anxiety levels are running high, and it seems like the perfect time to see your therapist. But other people who might be infected may also be seeing the therapist, so seeing your therapist starts feeling complicated.
Many therapists are now offering phone or video sessions via HIPAA compliant video platforms that are safe and reliable. With Teletherapy (Telehealth), you are able to literally see your therapist from the comfort and safety of your home or office. No worries over catching anything! Often people are sitting in their parked cars in their driveways (for privacy).
Following the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19, I started offering phone and video sessions to all of my patients. There is the obvious reason that we all want to be safe and avoid becoming infected and spreading the virus. The other less obvious reason is very important: If a therapist sees a patient who later tests positive for the COVID-19 and the therapist gets sick, the therapist will have to submit the names and contact information of all the people they have been in contact with–therefore breaking confidentiality, to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Of course, the therapist will not be sharing any other confidential information, but there are many people who do not want the government to even know they are in therapy.
So amid this growing anxiety, should you panic and stay away from your therapist’s office? Panic is never helpful and is something your therapist can help you with. And while it is a good idea to exercise caution in making choices about where you go and who you see, you do not have to stop seeing your therapist. Fortunately, therapists are offering phone and video sessions. Teletherapy is a great way to see your therapist without any worries over potential exposure to any illnesses, like COVID-19 or the Flu.
If you are experiencing anxiety or having other issues that you would like to talk over with a psychotherapist, please contact me to discuss if Teletherapy is an option for you. If you reside in New Jersey or certain parts of the world outside of the United States, we may be able to work together during this challenging time. I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 857-4422. To Book an Appointment Now, click on the Book Now button.
For more information, please visit our Teletherapy website for details. https://internationalteletherapy.com/
Read my latest blog there here: https://internationalteletherapy.com/telehealth-for-new-jersey/
Telehealth therapy will allow access to mental health services through the comfort and safety of your home.