COVID-19 updates

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As of May, 2020, Premier Doug Ford lifted certain restrictions that were previously in place to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.

 

While the Ontario government has deemed all businesses that provide "health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports" as essential services, health professionals are also subject to the Chief Medical Officer directive requiring all non-essential health care services to be reduced to minimal levels. This directive explains that "allowable exceptions can be made for time-sensitive circumstances to avert or avoid negative patient outcomes or to avert or avoid a situation that would have a direct impact on the safety of patients." 

The College of Registered Psychotherapists has advised that psychotherapists consider which services are essential on a case-by-case basis. We have been directed to move as much of our work online as possible to prevent the spread of infection unless there are instances where it is not appropriate to do so. Therefore, my hope is that patients and I will be able to work collaboratively to decide if in-person sessions are required or if online sessions are sufficient given that it continues to be the safer option at this time.  

In-person sessions will only be available to those who meet the following criteria: ​

  • You've been practicing strict social distancing by avoiding seeing friends and family members with whom you don't regularly come into contact 

  • You've been visiting essential stores only (i.e. grocery, laundromat, pharmacy) 

  • You've maintained a distance of 6 feet from others when you leave the house

  • You have not left the country within 14 days 

  • You have not been in contact with anyone who has been outside of Canada for 14 days

  • You are regularly engaging in the appropriate hand-washing and sanitizing practices

  • You have not been using any form of public transit, including subways, GO trains, Uber pool, and others

  • You are willing to complete an online assessment (sent via email) before each in-person visit verifying that you have taken these precautions

  • You are unable to do online sessions at this time due to reasons pertaining to physical or emotional wellbeing, privacy concerns, and other factors

 

We understand that not everyone has the luxury of living in a healthy, supportive home environment right now, which is why we our Markham office is remaining open. That said, we are relying all patients to take these precautions as seriously as we are. Failure to engage in the above precautions not only puts you at risk as an individual, but all other therapists, patients, and staff at the hospital. Be smart and considerate of others and remember that online sessions are always available.

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kristina@fresh-insight.ca

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