Patients are seen for psychotherapy both in person and online.
My private practice office and office suite waiting area are large and ventilated - social distancing is easily maintained. Mask wearing is requested until seated in the office for the session and when six feet apart.
The HIPAA compliant telehealth platform Doxy.me is used for virtual sessions.
Please be aware that online psychotherapy is not the same thing as meeting for psychotherapy in person and it is also not the same as a typical phone conversation or FaceTime call. These are guidelines on how to get the most benefit out of remote psychotherapy sessions.
Please make sure that you are in a private space during the session, one where it is unlikely that you will be heard or interrupted. You may need to ask others with whom you share space to do things like turning on entertainment in another room or listening to headphones.
Turn off or put to sleep all devices other than the one you are using to make the call, including watches, laptops and other phones. Quit all programs other than the one we are using and turn off all notifications.
Try to settle into a workspace at home, and if possible use the same space for each session. Try to arrange for yourself a session-like environment, avoid laying in bed.
Have a box of tissues and a glass of water nearby. Avoid having a snack or a meal during the session.
Try to leave yourself a 15 minute downtime period before and after the online psychotherapy session.
Reference: Russell, G. I. & Essig, T. (2019). Bodies and screen relations: moving treatment from wishful thinking to informed decision-making. In: Govrin, A., & Mills, J.(eds.) Innovations in Psychoanalysis: Originality, Development, Progress. Routledge, London, UK.