Lights, Camera, Therapy -- Telehealth sessions now available
Nothing beats face-to-face sessions for doing effective therapy -- my thinking anyway. And yet, in the current environment, it is important to increase social distancing and take other precautions to decrease the rate of spread of the new coronavirus. If we are successful, we can prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed and save lives as a result. So, beginning immediately, I am making secure video sessions available to any client who requests them. This short article goes into the details of how to prepare for and request a video session.
The system I am using is called doxy.me and it allows you to connect, using a smart phone, tablet, or computer (with a camera and microphone) without downloading an app. It is secure and protects your private information. I have used it for the last couple of years with clients who had mobility impairments and during heavy winter storms when travel wasn't safe. It has worked well in these limited applications.
You will want to find a place where you can have the session with the privacy you need to talk about all the things you would in my office. Remember that sometimes you will have emotional responses to the therapy work you do; make it as comfortable a place as you can and you may want to bring tissues. Please do not try to have a session from your favorite coffee shop.
You will need to have a device to connect: a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer with a microphone/headset and a camera. Most laptops work well; an inexpensive headset with microphone usually improves the audio considerably. You will need an internet connection; a data connection on a smart phone works though you may be paying data charges. And you will need an internet browser -- I've had success with all the major browsers.
I strongly suggest you try out the connection before our first video session. You can even try it before you request a video session. When you are ready, open your favorite browser and use this link: https://doxy.me/allenburnslpcc
And that is the same link you use to connect when you are ready for the session.
To request your appointment be a video session, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I would really like to get the email at least the day before your session, since I often do not check my email until the end of the day.
That's really all there is to it. For now, I plan to continue seeing clients in my office. I will let you know if that needs to change. May you be peaceful, healthy, happy, and joyful. Allen