As COVID cases continue to rapidly increase, I am questioning how to continue working in a way that provides both safety and quality. Although I did move to an online-only way of working during the spring, I would like to avoid doing this again, if possible. This could of course change based on government restrictions, but for the moment I am still able to provide sessions in the office.
Therefore, I am kindly requesting clients to consider if they have the ability and willingness to have online sessions moving forward. For some, this is not ideal or even possible, while others are happy to continue online. Please check in with yourself and ask what is right for you and your community.
This can also look different for different people - some would like all online sessions, while others may prefer a mix, while others would like to have only in-person sessions. All of these options are fine with me, and again, my goal is not to move completely online. My goal is to ensure the safety of myself, my clients, and the larger community by offering more options.
To keep us all safe and comfortable, our office continues to implement the following procedures:
For our clients:
Washing hands upon arrival, either with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
Wearing a protective mask during sessions (can either be brought from home or will be provided by the therapist). I would also kindly request to use masks that are proven to provide protection, as opposed to homemade masks where quality cannot be assured.
Coming on-time to sessions, as well as coming alone, to avoid using the waiting area
Coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm or a tissue, as well as avoiding touching your face while in the practice
Staying at home if you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, or have had symptoms during the past 14 days as well as signalling any positive covid diagnosis to your therapist. An online session can be requested in this case.
For our therapists:
Washing hands regularly, especially upon arrival and in-between clients
Wearing masks while working
Refraining from shaking hands/hugging clients and colleagues
Disinfecting commonly used surfaces regularly throughout the day
Staying at home if we have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, or have had symptoms during the past 14 days, as well as signalling any positive covid diagnosis to both colleagues and affected clients
We hope to continue to provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere, especially during this time of uncertainty. Please do let me know if there is anything else that would make you feel more comfortable, and we will do our best to adapt.