As a mental health professional, I am seeing an upsurge in overall family stress and the impacts of prolonged isolation. Human beings are for the most part social and the reduction of connection to others, along with the stress of financial uncertainty, is driving what I am seeing a much larger need for mental health care for children and families. Our practice recently has added tele-health ability, and this has been working well. Our tele-health platform can be used with either a smart phone, tablet, or computer - as long as the patient has camera and microphone either built into their devise, or have added to their devise. Our platform is a secure and encrypted site
For younger children or adults who attune more to play therapy and expressive arts, we are creating packages we mail so that a patient can have hands-on therapy even through social distancing. These packages are sent with no cost; we simply believe that many children and adults do better with physical worksheets and therapeutic projects.