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IMPORTANT

Effective noon on Tuesday March 24, 2020, Governor Baker has ordered that all non-essential businesses cease in-person operationsthrough April 7, 2020. A list of essential businesses can be found here. M.A. Jean-Charles Psychotherapy and Consulting LLC is providing psychotherapy clients to meet via HIPAA-secure videoconference, rather than via our usual in-person meetings as an option to all clients.  

We understand that there are many unknowns about COVID-19 and
intend to be consistent with public health goals around reducing the spread of COVID-19 such that it does not overwhelm healthcare resources. Research on telehealth (psychotherapy via teleconference, also referred to as tele-psychology) has shown to be generally as effective as face-to-face meetings. We believe that the use of telepsychology at this time will be a way to protect individual and public health as well as support good treatment progress and outcomes. To participate in telepsychology, you will need the following resources:

  • A room or space that is private and feels comfortable for you (and your family, as applicable) to participate in therapy
  • One of the following items: 
    • Desktop computer with a webcam and speakers  
    • Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers  
    • Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers
    • Smartphone (Note: To use a smartphone, you must first download Telehealth by SimplePractice – available for iOS or Android in the app store)
  • An internet connection

We acknowledge that some clients may not feel comfortable with telehealth as a treatment modality, or have the necessary equipment, internet access, or confidential space to participate in a telehealth session. We know this is not an ideal setting to cultivate a productive therapeutic relationship. We hope this is not too much of an imposition, but we believe this is the best decision for keeping clients as well as the community safe. In order to participate in telepsychology, you will need the following resources:

  • Perform routine environmental cleaning: Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by visitors before each use.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and clients
  • Required telehealth for clients who feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until they recover.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the links below:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public 

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download


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