July 1, 2020
Current COVID-19 practice status:
As a healthcare provider concerned about both your physical and mental health and well-being, I have continued to closely monitor the statements and guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the CDC with regard to best practices as the COVID-19 virus outbreak continues.
In March 2020, following the Gov Wolfe's directives, our in-person practice shifted to a secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform to protect the health and safety of clients. As the outbreak progressed through the spring, our sessions remained on-line. We advised current clients of our intention to return to in-person sessions in the "green phase," particularly given our existing high standards for maintaining a sanitary environment, disinfecting frequently contacted common areas and in-office “hotspots” (ie., armrests, door knobs, restroom facilities, hand-held thera-tapper pods), and ensuring healthy air quality with an in-office HEPA / UV filter designed to remove approximately 99% of microbes (viruses and germs) from the air. At the time, we assumed masks / PPE precautions would no longer be necessary in the "green phase."
Given the ongoing necessity of masks / PPE, social-distancing, enhanced indoor-air filtration, and other precautions during the "green phase," along with the importance of client and therapist being able to read mutual facial expressions and cues not possible with masks, we have made the difficult decision to continue meeting with clients exclusively via telehealth. We regret not being able to provide services to those who prefer or need in-person sessions at this time.
We will continue to update the website as this rapidly fluctuating situation continues to unfold, and will contact existing clients individually when in-person sessions are possible. In the meantime, please follow safety guidelines and be safe.