Update: March 18, 2020 I have gone to virtual sessions (teletherapy) exclusively. I am using a HIPAA compliant website for this and it seems to be working well. I will continue to do this for the foreseeable future, or at least until the CDC gives us the all-clear.
Update: March 16, 2020 These are the safety precautions I am taking for my office in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The office has been deep cleaned and disinfected. I will continue to disinfect regularly.
I will refrain from shaking hands.
I will waive fees for late cancellations. (In the event that clients wish to wait until the last minute before deciding if they want to come in.)
Ask any client who is sick for any reason to postpone their session.
Offer teletherapy sessions (HIPAA compliant) as soon as the setup is complete. Hopefully the setup will be complete by 3/18/20.
To the extent that I can, I will try to schedule appointments such that clients will not bump into each other in the waiting room as one session ends and another is about to begin
I'll be monitoring the COVID-19 developments in our area closely, and I will try to do my best to follow the CDC guidelines going forward. At as of today, March 16, I am not planning to close the office. But this could change depending on the extent of the outbreak in our area. If it comes to that, I hope to have the tele therapy option available to anyone who would like to make use of it.