Teletherapy and COVID-19
- Have you lost your job and are struggling to pay your bills?
- Are you still working, but anxious from an uncertain future?
- Are you having difficulty adjusting to working from home, especially with children?
- Are you feeling that you’ve lost control of your life?
- Do you often feel lonely?
- Are you restless and having difficulty sleeping?
The current world crisis caused by the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has forced many people to make permanent changes in their lives.
Here in the United States, it’s been no different. The complete upheaval of our society has left nothing untouched. Everyone’s life has changed, and we are in the process of becoming different people and a different society.
The corresponding economic collapse has affected everyone as well. At this writing, only essential activities are being performed. Closed facilities include offices, restaurants, retail stores, museums, theaters, and all sporting events. Airline travel and hotels have seen their business drop 80-90%.
You’re afraid of the unknown.
It’s one thing to deal with your life while restrictions are in place. It’s quite another thing to answer the question, “Then what?”
The problem is, no one knows. There will be a new normal, but no one knows what it will look like. And no one knows when or how it will take shape. It’s like walking into a fog and trying to find daylight.
Even when the COVID-19 virus is under control, the economic depression that we’re in will have another very damaging effect on most people’s lives for quite some time.
That’s scary. This is your life, your future. It’s terrifying to face the unknown with so much at stake.
We’re all feeling the same thing.
For what it’s worth, we’re all facing the same uncertain future. We all know what it feels like. That doesn’t minimize what you’re feeling. It just means we can relate to each other, understand each other and hopefully get along better.
It means I’m going through the same things you are. There are times when I feel anxious and wonder how my own life will be affected.
Right now, there are many more questions than answers:
- How long will I have a job?
- How long will I be unemployed?
- How will I keep my business open?
- What will I do if my business closes?
- How will I pay my bills?
- How will I take care of myself?
- How will I take care of my family?
- How will my children be affected?
- What kind of world is coming?
What is your opportunity?
I firmly believe that in every bad situation there is an opportunity. It may take some time to figure out what it is, but it’s there somewhere.
One positive thing that has happened from this crisis is that more people know about teletherapy and how it can help.
An important topic to think about is “What is your opportunity?” You may think you can’t handle that right now, but you can. In fact, it will help you work through today and tomorrow.
- Is it to retool your work skills to advance your career?
- Is it to recognize you can live on one income and have one of you stay home with the kids?
- Is it to accept your need to change careers?
- Is it to understand you don’t need as much stuff as you thought you did?
- Is it the need to reprioritize what’s really important to you?
- Is it time to reassess your relationships?
These questions and others are designed to help you build the resilience you need to overcome this adversity and others you may face in the future.
What is teletherapy?
Teletherapy is simply an audio and video conference over the internet. All you need is a computer, tablet or cell phone with a camera and speaker. It can be done from just about anywhere you have a good internet connection.
The benefit now is you can get the help you need and still not take any risk of exposure to the COVID 19 virus. It can be done from your home, office or anywhere there is privacy
It’s value now is that it works well under the current restrictions on movement and getting close to others. When the restrictions are lifted, teletherapy will continue to work well.
Teletherapy is convenient and it saves time by not having to drive to and from appointments. It’s also simple and easy to use. I send you a link and with one click you’re in the session.
Teletherapy is also HIPPA compliant, meaning it meets all federal laws relating to the privacy and security of your health information.
Teletherapy is effective.
If used properly, teletherapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. Teletherapy is an approved counseling method by the following organizations:
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- American Counseling Association
- American Psychological Association
- Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
- Texas State Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program
Each organization specifies best practices and ethical requirements to perform teletherapy. I meet or exceed all clinical and ethical requirements.
Here are some issues we’ll discuss.
This situation and others you may be facing are very stressful and affect our mental and physical well-being. No matter your situation, no one is immune to:
- Anxiety from the complete uncertainty about the future
- Depression from a loss of hope for recovery
- Grief and loss from sickness and death of friends and family
- Sadness from loneliness and isolation
- Relationship conflict from confinement with family members and partners
- Questioning the meaning and purpose of your life
All of these conditions, and more, can be improved and alleviated by us working together with teletherapy.
Here’s the teletherapy process.
My goal is to make this process simple and easy. You don’t need any special skills or knowledge to do it effectively.
- Before your appointment, I will send you detailed information on the expectations we will have for each other.
- I will also send you a detailed description of the process of joining our session.
- I will require emergency contact information just to be on the safe side.
- You must be in a space that is quiet and private where no one will hear you.
- You must make sure you have a good internet connection.
- We’ll have a plan in case the technology fails.
- At your appointment time, click on the link that I’ve sent you and our session can begin.
- I reserve the right to decide whether teletherapy is appropriate for our session.
I can’t afford teletherapy.
We’re going through one of the most serious crises this country has ever faced. You may think it hasn’t affected you directly and maybe it hasn’t. But I guarantee you have been or will be affected indirectly.
Teletherapy, or therapy of any kind, is an investment in yourself. It pays off over the rest of your life.
I don’t need teletherapy.
You may not need teletherapy and that’s terrific. Be honest with yourself. Brutally honest. If you think this crisis hasn’t affected you at all, you’re kidding yourself. We’re all different now and that’s neither good nor bad.
Ask yourself, “What keeps me up at night?” or “If I could only (blank).” If you struggle with these ideas, I can help you work through them. We can work through them together.
You can regain hope and faith.
You can regain meaning and purpose. Teletherapy makes it easy to get help, wherever you are.
Give me a call and we can talk about it.