COVID-19 Service Announcement
Where families come to HEAL their hearts, EXPAND their minds and connect a little bit deeper.
While things at my office had shifted 2 and a half months ago, I never fully closed my practice. In person sessions were put on hold and I quickly transitioned to a Telehealth platform offering sessions by phone and online video sessions. Many individuals and parents transitioned fairly easily and after the first session it began feeling pretty “normal” and the personal connection transferred over almost effortlessly. For some there are barriers like poor internet connection, not enjoying video options, or the extra challenge of being at home while trying to find the time and space for privacy for a session at home. I am happy I’ve been able to provide alternative solutions during this time but I know for some it was just one more challenge to endure during the COVID-19 pandemic. As news has been coming in about the gradual re-opening of the community and businesses, I have been keeping on top of the public health directives, following professional guidelines, consulting social work colleagues, keeping informed of news regarding a second-wave of COVID, and getting feedback from families with regards to their comfort levels with services.
Over the past 2 months I have gained extensive additional training specific to providing Telehealth services to individuals, couples, and families and have expanded my child and play based therapy services to include online video sessions with children and youth.
Effective June 15, 2020:
* Telehealth services via phone or online video sessions will continue to be available to adults, and children/youth who through parent consultation it is deemed a suitable and beneficial option. You can book sessions directly above with the Book Online tab.
* In office sessions will be limited to 3 time slots on Mondays, and one each on Wednesday evening and Friday morning and are for adult sessions only. If you would like to book an in office session please PM or email me directly to arrange a time. The following are additional details regarding in office services:
• Only one person will be permitted to attend an in office session (couples sessions and co-parenting planning development sessions will continue via online video sessions due to social distancing guidelines and office space available).
• Individuals will be required to wash their hands in the office washroom prior to entering and after leaving an in office session.
• I will be wearing a non-medical grade face mask during the session and I ask that individuals also wear their own preferred face mask during the session.
• All mutually used surfaces will be sanitized before and after in office sessions.
• Please bring your own water bottle or disposable beverage cup if desired during session.
• All payments (not covered by insurance) will be contactless via EMT or credit card numbers being provided in advance of the session.
• If you have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, have travelled outside of the province in the past two weeks, or suspect someone in your household has COVID-19, I ask that you re-book your session to a Telehealth session or re-schedule your appointment to another time.
* This plan will be re-assessed monthly based on the above listed factors that brought me to this current decision. The opening of in office services for children will be determined heavily on the successful re-opening of daycares and education centres leading into the fall. I will not be opening in office services to children until face masks are not necessary for either myself or others in office, and mutually touched surface sanitation protocols are less strict. If you have any questions never hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for your understanding during this time of change, we can make this work together!
BriAnna Simons B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.
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