Teletherapy and Your COVID 19/Mental Health Care
How has your life changed in the last year?
In March 2020, I shut my office door and began to rearrange my living/dining room into an office. I’m on the 3rd rearrangement/configuration of my home furniture. Teletherapy is still the best choice for me.
Is it still possible to feel the personal touch of the therapeutic relationship? My practice is full of people trying to handle not just their COVID 19 life/work changes but their everyday mental health under new stress and duress previously unknown to any of us. I like Teletherapy for its access to clients in the moment. I have figuratively sat on the side of a client’s bed while offering therapeutic support. I’ve sat in the dining room and kitchen tables with clients. I’ve met dogs, cats and children, and spouses in the intimacy of their homes. We’ve (figuratively) talked in parked cars and while walking. This intimacy is entrusted to therapists under some severe conditions. It’s a privilege afforded to us to continue to work while under social spacing and health-based duress. So in the intimacy of Teletherapy, clients and I still find compassionate and creative workarounds to meet their mental health and practical emotional needs.
I applaud everyone who has negotiated their personal and new work situations to carve out an hour of a day for their mental health self-care. We all have put aside some of our usual and former lifestyle behaviors and made decisions that may limit our present life. I believe these hard choices are healthy and deserve mention for what feels lost. And now, in summer 2022 there are people who feel forced to return to the office.
I continue to make room for our time together in my cottage home. I hope that when we meet, you’ll feel at home, comfortable, and heard in whatever location you are in.
I’ll see you soon.
Maureen Nolan, LPC, NCC, MACC