I have four more days to work from home until the State is assured I am not full of Covid19 germs from Minnesota. I was trained last week in the computer platform we will be using for telehealth. Even when I return to the office, face to face therapy and psychological testing are to be done only in an emergency, and l will either reach out to clients via phone or the telehealth platform. There is some glitch in my work computer that I will need our tech guy to fix, as my screen freezes, usually with my face with a weird expression. The audio works just fine.
Daughter is doing 5 hours of telehealth sessions a day, and she even figured out how to have the children she sees use their own toys to facilitate play therapy. (“What feelings do your different color leggo blocks have? Make a sad building with blue blocks. Why is the building so sad? How does that red leggo block feel?”) I wish I was as flexible and creative as she is. I really don’t like doing therapy remotely, and I don’t think my clients like it, either. Not all insurances will pay for telehealth sessions. I know that some of the more active and aggressive traumatized preschoolers won’t do well with it at all. I think I will mainly be offering behavior management and therapeutic response suggestions to the foster parents. I imagine if I do sessions from home, the cats will wonder to whom I am speaking and will want to walk on the keyboard to see what is going on.
What are your feelings regarding telehealth? What have you done remotely?