We can't wait to be sitting across from our couples and individuals again, absolutely! But for now we must. Above anything else is maintaining the safety of anyone who enters our offices so we are taking a cautious approach to reintegrating in-person sessions as vaccinations increase and guidelines change.
Please also consider the following. Outpatient mental health clinics are considered healthcare settings, and the Washington State Secretary’s current health order requires mask-wearing in healthcare settings, regardless of vaccination status. So any in-person appointments right now would need to be masked, for both therapist and client. Wearing a mask during a therapy session hampers communication between therapist and client, and if couples therapy then the masks impede on the couple's communication as well. Doing telehealth allows us all to be able to see each other, communicate fully, and not be distracted by the wearing of masks.
We will be sure to inform current and new clients of our ability to see clients in-person without masks just as soon as we're able. For now teletherapy has worked wonderfully for the people seeking our help.