Dealing with Covid-19

Uncategorized Jul 21, 2020

Hi, this is Dave Kats with Therapist Consultants, and I have a tip for you.

One of the things I see as we go through this COVID-19 era is that different practices are taking different directions. I have one therapist I talked to the day before yesterday, who said that she's going to stay totally online, and she has rebuilt her website. She's staying totally online, and is going to do both counseling and coaching. I have another person that said they tried the coaching and the counseling online, and they absolutely hate it. You have to decide what to do, what pace you're going to take as far as along the continuum of whether you're going to do all online, all in person, or somewhere in between. Now, let's think of the advantages of these things.
One of the advantages of doing things online is that you can do it from anywhere in the United States or anywhere in the world. Anywhere that the internet reaches, you can do your counseling with. It gives you an opportunity to travel. It gives you an opportunity to stay home. It gives you an opportunity to miss the traffic. On the other hand, some people feel that when you're face to face, you have better control of the patient and better control of the case that you're handling.
You have to decide. Do I have good enough control that I can do things online and remain that way? Or do I have to do things in person? Or more likely, for many of you, now is a time when I can do both in person and online. Let me give you an example.
I have one client who decided to do things online, and this was before COVID-19. She spends two weeks in her office, and then she goes down to the coast. She lives about two hours from the coast. She goes down to the coast, to her ocean house on the coast, and she does the rest of her work the next two weeks online from her oceanfront condo. You have to decide. This could be a great opportunity for you as far as free you up for travel and for lack of fighting traffic and things like that in the future. Decide; you're going to be online, you got to be in person. Probably a lot of you are going to be in the center, and it's going to give you a great freedom that you didn't have before COVID-19.
Talk with the people that are important to you, decide what you need to do, and decide how much of your time you're going to spend online and how much in person, and then they'll give you a direction and it will help your practice grow.

This is Dave Kats. Thanks for listening.

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