This morning, I conducted several brief teletherapy sessions with my nursing home residents. While I sincerely appreciate the assistance of staff members for doing so, attempting to provide therapy this way was extremely awkward.
I don’t believe that residents are free to express what is happening to them in the presence of a third person. I also felt somewhat inhibited with trying to provide therapy via this modality.
My employer has recently informed me that, according to the CDC, psychologists are deemed to be essential providers. I relayed this information to the director of nursing at the nursing home where I provide psychological services.
The director of nursing agreed that I will be allowed to see residents. Of course, I’ll need to be screened each time that I go to the nursing home, as well as wear a mask the entire time that I am there.