As news surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), evolves, the main priorities of SBS Psychological Associates remains to walk with our clients to help maintain and enhance their wellbeing. In the interest of maintaining the health of our clients and staff, we will be moving to telehealth therapy sessions starting Monday, March 23, and not be seeing clients in our offices until further notice.
We have started offering for a limited time a HIPAA-compliant online system for telehealth psychotherapy services. This system is industry best practice and provides more security than more popular video conferencing programs like FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom.
Most insurances will cover telehealth services just like face to face services during this time. However, it can vary from plan to plan. Please contact your insurance company to ask about your specific plan. If your insurance provider does not cover telehealth, we can offer a sliding fee to ensure that the costs are manageable for you.
As this situation changes we will keep you updated on our status.
We thank you for your continued support, and in the meantime as there is a lot of information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we at SBS Psychological Associates do not take the position of providing medical advice; therefore, to educate yourself, we ask that you please visit the following links:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
We recommend the following to help prevent the spread of respiratory virus like COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
To manage the stress associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Step back from social media and news outlets.
- Use the opportunity in session to speak with your psychotherapist about the balance between productive versus unproductive worry.
- Speak with your medical provider about was to manage your personal risk.
- Balance the use of hand sanitizer with the use of lotion, disinfecting wipes and disinfecting spray to minimize pain and dryness in hands.
Finally, there is no right or wrong way to feel about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you have a low level of concern, you are not under-reacting, and if you are concerned and taking precautions you are not overreacting. If at any point between sessions you notice a level of fear or anxiety that is concerning to you or difficulty to manage, please reach out to us by phone.