JC Art Psychotherapy will be continuing to offer face-to-face sessions during this time and as long as it continues to be safe to do so.
Online video sessions are available for those who would prefer this option during these difficult times. This can be for many reasons from travel difficulties, child-minding issues, health reasons, anxiety, and many others. This is an option that may also be used if a client or therapist is advised to self-isolate for a period of time. This decision to move therapy online will only be taken between both client and therapist and only when the therapist feels it is in the client’s best interest to do so.
Creative psychotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapists are considered an Essential Service under all restriction levels in the Government’s Covid-19 Roadmap. Services can continue during restrictions once all NPHET safety protocols and social distancing is followed.
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Clients are asked to wait in their car until their scheduled appointment. The therapist will then meet the client or client and parent in the foyer of the building where they will be asked to fill out a ‘Covid Form’ stating that they currently have no symptoms of Covid-19, have not had any symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14days and have not been in contact with anybody who has had Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
The therapist will accompany the client into the building, where they are asked to sanitize their hands and wear a face mask at all times. The therapist will also be wearing a facemask during this time and throughout the therapy session. The therapist will open all doors for the client to minimize exposure to surfaces.
The therapy room is arranged so that there is 2 meters between the client and therapist throughout the session. The client is asked to maintain social distancing to the best of their ability at all time throughout the therapy session.
The therapy room is situated on the 2nd floor of the building to ensure privacy when windows are left open. Windows will be left open to allow for adequate ventilation in the room. Due to this fact it is advised that client wear warm clothing particularly in the winter months as although the room is heated the open windows cause it to become quite cold at times.
All surfaces in the therapy room are thoroughly sanitized in-between each client. Both the room and the building are cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis with particular focus given to the chairs, the art table door handles and light switches.
All additional art therapy materials have been removed from the therapy space and each client is given a materials box to use for the duration of their therapy. Nobody other than the client will access the inside of the box during this time with the exception of a rare time when the therapist may need to replenish materials. In this instance the materials being added to the box will first be sanitized and the therapist will wear gloves when accessing the inside of the box.
During each session the clients box will be left on the art table. The client will be invited to open the box and use the material in the box as they so wish. At the end of each session the client is asked to put all of their materials back into their box with their folder of art work and to seal the lid in place. After the session the therapist will sanitize the outside of the box along with the rest of the room and the box will be safely stored until the following week.