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Letter to Psychotherapy Clients re Coronavirus Adjustments

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As of early March my private psychotherapy practice, case consultations, dream analysis and now also corona adjustment issues are all virtual appointments. I use Skype, Doxy.me and Facetime, depending on what works best at the time.

Note: Since I offer my services online now, anyone in the state of California can have psychotherapy appointment.
 
For limited dream analysis sessions or corona adjustment support - not psychotherapy, there is no geographic limitation.

I still offer a free telephone consultation for someone considering entering my practice or working with me in another capacity.  My phone number is: 310-474-4165. But the best way to contact me is e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The below post was written just before social isolating became more severe to include stay at home practices, a business shut down except for essential services and outlawing group assembly (which sounds terrible but saves lives.)

Hello,

Coronavirus fears are spreading throughout our communities. While I believe conscientious self care and hygiene practices will be adequate to ensure our health, we can make adjustments to increase prevention.

My office is cleaned on a regular basis. This includes rugs and furniture. Door knobs and surfaces are disinfected. We sit six feet from one another. As I understand the existing protocol, six feet is the suggested and recommended social distance, particularly if someone is ill.
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However, since my office is situated in a garden, and since the weather now is more benign as we approach Spring, I'm offering you a choice of location. 

You can still meet with me in my office. If you wish, we can have appointments outside in the garden. It's your choice. Please let me know what you would prefer. And, your decision doesn't have to be permanent. You can change your mind at any time.

I will let you know about where to wait before our appointments if we are meeting outside. Perhaps staying in your car until the gate opens for you is the most practical and efficient procedure.

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Please let me know what you think about this possible structural change to our sessions. And please know, I am confident we will ride this experience out well. Frankly I'm more concerned about public fear responses than I am about the virus itself. Still, we need to care for ourselves and think through what is best emotionally as well as physically. I want you to be as comfortable and secure as possible in this environment as we work together.

with love and respect,

Joanna

Joanna Poppink is a Los Angeles private psychotherapist specializing in eating disorder recovery for women .
For information about her work see:  Psychotherapy with Joanna

To contact Joanna for a 15 fifteen minute telephone consultation e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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JoannaPoppink RT @SenSchumer: I just forced a vote to stop Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination from moving forward because Senator Graham broke the Judi…
JoannaPoppink RT @PeteButtigieg: Donald Trump wants to talk about literally anything besides his disastrous response to this pandemic.
JoannaPoppink RT @nytopinion: Donald Trump “is a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected wo…
JoannaPoppink RT @DanRather: A remarkable moment from the past where decency and hope won out on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mr. Rogers. Definitely worth w…
JoannaPoppink RT @PeteButtigieg: Just imagine turning on the TV, seeing your president, and feeling your blood pressure go down instead of up.

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