Per Governor Pritzker’s Policies, CCP has partially re-opened our offices, as of Monday, June 8th, with many safety precautions in place. However, we are still conducting much of our therapy via telehealth. New clients will have a choice of doing teletherapy via Doxy.me, a HIPAA-protected online service, or having in-person sessions.
The decision as to whether or not to have an in-person session is a mutual one between the therapist and the client. If either party feels uncomfortable with an in-person session, telehealth will be utilized. To this end, each individual therapist will be making his/her own decision about if, and when to return to the office, based on his/her own personal situation (individual risk factors, who is living in their household, their own anxiety levels, etc.).
As healthcare providers, it is important for us to balance the need for providing consistent therapy services, with the need to adhere to public health guidelines designed to keep all of us safe. Some of our therapists are comfortable seeing their clients in the office, of course, taking proper precautions for safety, and some have made the decision to keep a social distance from everyone, including their clients in order to keep their clients and themselves safe for now, and some are doing a combination of both methods.
If you are interested in in-person sessions, our Intake Coordinator will work to match you with one of the CCP therapists who has decided to return to the office, and that therapist will contact you regarding CCP’s Safety Protocol before your first appointment, and will send you a consent form to sign stating that you have read and understood the precautions necessary and possible risks involved in having in-person meetings. Please note that, for the time being, being open to teletherapy will likely increase your chances of being connected to a therapist quickly.
It is our understanding (although you are responsible for checking your own benefits), that BCBS will be covering telehealth services, at least until Dec. 31, 2020.
We look forward to working with you!
(Thanks to Jason Best at Best Therapies, Inc for compiling this comprehensive list!)