What Might Therapy Look Like Post-COVID?
Keywords:family therapy, couples therapy, teletherapy, covid-19, pandemic, telehealth
For many therapists, much of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic involved responding to the crises of families who lost jobs and loved ones, adjusting to the nuanced differences of directing therapy sessions online, and finding pockets of time to take care of ourselves. As we enter year two of the pandemic, especially as more citizens receive COVID-19 vaccinations and are increasingly comfortable with virtual platforms for business, we have the opportunity to redefine how therapy gets practiced.
This winter, the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy invited therapists to reflect on potential evolutions of our profession by answering the following questions:
1) What are some of the challenges of going back to in-person work?
2) What are some of the opportunities of going back to in-person work?
3) What are components of the therapeutic process that we explored during the pandemic that you want to keep post-vaccination?
4) What protocols would you like to put in place to determine whether a family should be seen online or in person?
The following are reflections from the NEJRSP editorial team, interspersed with observations and comments from our members.
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