Statement About Therapy During the Pandemic and Telehealth (Video) Sessions, effective 11/2/2020
I’m offering teletherapy (therapy sessions by video) during the pandemic health crisis, and possibly beyond. In 2020, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, which is the only insurance that I currently accept, has committed to cover telehealth, with specifics designated by your insurance plan, for the rest of the year. I suspect they will extend such coverage into 2021 but they have not committed to this yet.
Teletherapy has felt surprisingly positive for the majority of my clients and I believe it has been just as effective as in-person sessions for most clients. Based on this success, I believe it is likely to become an acceptable, effective way to work with clients even during “normal”, non-pandemic times. Bottom line, I recommend people not put off counseling because they’re unsure about telehealth. We can make a solid, effective connection on-line and absolutely help you meet your goals for counseling without meeting in person.
About meeting in-person in my office: I am currently seeing some people in my office as long as they, and I, do not have any COVID-19-like symptoms. My office is large enough to socially distance. Every day and between sessions, I sanitize all surfaces that I or my clients may touch or come in contact with. While I am willing for us both to not wear masks at this time, I am willing to wear a mask if you want me to do so. Also, based on the current (as of 11/2/2020) direction of COVID-19 cases and positivity rates, I may adjust protocols within a moment’s notice in order to keep us both safe and healthy.
Contact me with any questions you might have about telehealth, or therapy in general, during this trying health crisis, at 312-925-3620. If I don’t pick up, I’ll call you back within 24 hours.