Back in early March when the pandemic became a harsh reality here in the U.S., many of my mental health therapist clients and friends saw a sudden drop in caseload size, due to a dramatic uptick in client cancellations and people dropping out of therapy.
Some clients left saying they were “good for now” and would be back when the pandemic was over. Others were understandably wary about engaging in therapy via Telehealth, which allows for sessions to take place by computer using HIPAA-compliant meeting technology – or even by telephone.
There were a tough few weeks while the world began to adjust to this new way of doing therapy. Some clients came back. New clients took the place of those reluctant to use Telehealth.
And most of the therapists I work with or know have full caseloads again because not only did the previous problems people were facing not go away, but now they were compounded by the anxieties this pandemic is dumping on all of us.
The attached article from today’s Portland Press Herald gives a good overview of the pandemic from several therapists’ points of view.