COVID-19 safety measures & Teletherapy
Ever changing work or school schedules, heavy snow falls in Chicago winters, and now global pandemics don’t always allow for in person meetings, but we can use technology to help stay connected. No matter what age you are, we have all implemented technology into our lives, and technology has become one of those things that have made even virtual therapy possible.
The therapists at Encircle are able to meet with individuals through HIPAA compliant video platforms for those who might not be able to meet in person, and during this time when meeting in person is not an option. While this flexibility is a great benefit, please note there are some limitations to Teletherapy which we can discuss in order to determine if this mode of therapy works for you. Additionally, most insurance companies have been covering Teletherapy sessions through 12/31/2020 (which might be extended), so please be sure to inquire with your insurance company about your current coverage. We are also happy to help you in determining your coverage for mental health sessions.
At this time, we are working remotely as many of you are, so the Encircle physical office is currently closed; however, when we do return, we are excited to announce that UVC lights, which are known to be 99% effective in killing viruses (including COVID-19/coronavirus), mold, and bacteria, are being installed into the HVAC system as an added safety measure. And, for those who have not yet been to our physical office, you will be happy to know we have a very spacious office where social distancing is easily achieved in the waiting area, and in the offices themselves as they are quite roomy.
In addition to the installation of UVC lights in the HVAC system, we plan to stagger appointments to limit the amount of people in the office at any given time, encourage the use of hand sanitizer in the waiting area, use of contactless payment, and ask that you only touch your own personal belongings and allow your therapist to open/close office doors. Instead of the use of a watercooler, we will have bottles of water available in the waiting area, along with cans of sparkling water. We unfortunately won’t be able to offer our assortment of teas, chocolates, and mints, but will have those be one of the first to return as soon as we are able! Finally, we will have a new consent form for you to complete with more detailed information regarding in person visits once we are back in the office. Until then, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, and we hope that you are staying safe and healthy.