COVID-19 has created a world in which physical distancing is either required or recommended. The emotional distancing that accompanies physical distancing can disrupt relationships and lead to isolation and loneliness, which heighten the impact of existing emotional distress and mental health issues. A psychotherapy relationship can be an essential part of managing the impact of isolation during the pandemic.
Videoconferencing and other virtual tools we have during stay-at-home orders, or safer-at-home approaches, are important for maintaining existing therapeutic relationships and for forming new ones. At the same time, these tools aren’t perfect, so psychotherapists should be aware of and attend to the imperfections, for their own sake and for their clients.
Consider these tips when providing relational therapy via telehealth to your clients during this time.