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Garden Path

Distance Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of Telehealth – video or telephone meetings – in psychotherapy.  Currently, all my appointments are via a secure Telehealth platform.


Although it remains unclear what is lost when therapist and client are not together in the same physical space, I am not inclined to focus solely on what is lost.  I’ve been conducting spiritual companioning sessions by video for more than a decade, with people from east to west coast, and many states in between, and -- despite a technology glitch every now and then – have been pleased at how well this works.


Currently, it is not possible to practice psychotherapy across state lines, and I think this is wise.  Although psychiatric emergencies are rare in my practice, they occasionally occur, and I would not feel comfortable responding to an emergency if a patient lives far from where I practice. 


That noted, for those who live outside of Illinois and would like to work particularly with me – usually this has something to do with my being a priest and an analyst – I am open to exploring this IF we mutually discern a spiritual (typically spiritual companioning or direction) rather than psychotherapeutic form of working together.

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