I have a client who has been diagnosed with depression prior to the lockdown. My client was seeking therapy services. However, post lockdown, even though he needs sessions, he is unable to have sessions due to lack of privacy in his house even for telephonic sessions. How should I proceed to best help the client?
Privacy is important for clients to share their thoughts and feelings openly during sessions. As therapists, we need to be flexible and think of ways we can provide continuity of care in response to COVID-19 related challenges. We could discuss changing the timings or duration of sessions with the client if this will ensure privacy of sessions within the home. You could also assess if the client could communicate with family members about his need for brief periods of privacy for these sessions within the available space at home. Since this is the post lockdown phase, the client may be able to step out to a public open space, like a community park, for brief telephone sessions. As a temporary measure, some helpful resources could be shared with the client via email. Communication between you and your client could help in providing the best care for this time and in making changes as needed.
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