People vary a lot in their responses to this pandemic. Anyone who has lost their job or had other financial distress may naturally be feeling stress and anxiety. Others feel isolated, lonely, and maybe depressed. Other people are anxious about the virus and disease. Other people are tired of social distancing and don’t believe there is much risk. Others enjoy a reason to stay home and feel peaceful. There are as many different ways to respond as there are people.
Your privacy is important. Obviously, if someone walks by within earshot, we have to stop talking until they move on. Most trails and trailheads appear to be too crowded to allow for effective privacy, so walking therapy is not a safe option at this time.
Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies, which regulates mental health providers, requires that both therapist and client wear masks for in-person office appointments.
I want my clients to have accurate information about the virus and public health. Here are some links to scientifically-based COVID‑19 information that may be helpful:
Note: information from studies that have been peer-reviewed and published is more likely to have been vetted carefully by fellow scientists.
Benchmarks for when I believe it will be safe to offer in-person therapy indoors:
Realistically, these conditions may not be met until next winter or even later. I believe Colorado needs to make additional progress in curbing the the spread of COVID‑19 before indoor therapy sessions can safely resume.