Many if not most of us are hanging out with few people around us. Even if and when we venture out we must maintain social distance. Every day we look for the infection curve to inflect, flatten, diminish, and we hope go to zero.
We do our best to keep each other safe. At the same time we try hard to find new ways to continue to serve, to continue to function, to continue to make a difference.
It’s hard because we are social creatures. Human beings are meant to interact with each other, face to face, within reaching distance, sometimes close, often in groups. All that is now forbidden.
But we’re also adaptive. Change stresses us at first and then we step up and meet the challenge and maybe even feel accomplished.
I believe in serving others and in working. I also believe in minimizing risk and protecting those for whom I’m responsible. So we had to find a way to navigate this new paradigm: protect clients and staff and continue to serve.
We decided to step up and meet the challenge of telehealth. Of course, “we” is my asking our therapists to see what they could come up with and then engage clients. Clients that until very recently were used to hands on therapy. Our therapists came through.
We are here for you and if it makes sense we’d be happy to try a telehealth session. Many of our clients already have—and like it. By the way, all the insurers are covering it.
There is some good news in this tragic situation. We are coming together as a country, a people, a culture: we are finding once again how much we have in common.
I love movies. Sometimes they guide me—even many years after I’ve seen them. You might want to stream Starman, a 1984 movie directed by John Carpenter and staring Jeff Bridges—both icons to me.
Recent events made me think of two lines in this movie: Starman’s assessment of the quality and essence of humanity.
Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about [human beings]?
You are at your very best when things are worst.
Let me know if you’re interested in telehealth—call 703-910-5006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (And let me know what you think about Starman.)
– Richard Feingold, Co-founder