Telehealth & Coping with COVID-19: Resources for Therapists

COVID-19 therapist resources

 

Well, this is certainly a stressful and uncertain time for everyone. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re ten days into our stay at home order. It’s been quite an adjustment to working from home (and having my husband and kids home all the time, too). Like you, we’re trying to stay flexible and healthy and just do the best that we can.

 

Some of you may have transitioned to working at home or you will be soon. And I know many of you are on the front lines in hospitals and medical facilities, child protective services, and working with our most vulnerable community members. Thank you! How are you doing? Have you made some time to check-in with yourself? I encourage you to take extra good care of yourself. You and your work matter tremendously!

 

In an effort to be supportive, I’ve collected a few resources that may be helpful if you’re transitioning to practicing via telehealth, coping with anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic (yours and your clients’), and some free online continuing education opportunities.

 

Articles about Telehealth, Coping with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Anxiety, and More

Free Continuing Education Courses Online

 

More Free Professional Resources

 

Free Feel Good Stuff

 

Telehealth and Electronic Health Records

I have always loved the convenience and efficiency of using Simple Practice for my practice management. But now that I’m working from home, I love it even more! I can access all of my client records from my computer or phone, which is so helpful; I didn’t even have a chance to go back to my office to retrieve anything after we got the order to stay home. I also appreciate that I don’t have to worry about securely storing paper files at home. Everything is safe and HIPAA compliant in the cloud!

Now, for the first time, I’m using the integrated telehealth platform that SimplePractice offers and I’m very pleased. The video quality is very good, clients find it easy to use (just click the link that is automatically sent with their appointment reminder), and I’ve already got a credit card on file for clients, so getting paid is easy, too.

So, if you’re looking for an electronic health record system, I definitely suggest checking out SimplePractice. They offer a 30-day free trial (including a trial for the telehealth). If you sign-up through this link and decide to continue with a paid service after the trial, we’ll each get a $50 credit.

 

 

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Sharon Martin has a passion for clinical supervision, mentoring new social workers, blogging, and reading all things social work related. She is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years in the field. Sharon has worked extensively in Bay Area non-profits and successfully runs a private counseling practice in San Jose. Sharon writes regularly for PsychCentral and the Good Men Project. She's also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism.

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