Over 6 months into our new normal life with Covid-19 pandemic, it became clear that I need to create a system to safely see my adults clients in-person. The State of Washington still requests that we wear face covers inside small rooms. In the therapy setting, if we are meeting in person, it is important for us to see each other’s faces. Wearing masks can make us to feel short of breath if we talk for almost an hour. So…. this is a system that we have adopted.
1, The window and suite/studio doors are open. I am getting ready with portable heaters for us to continue into this Fall and Winter. The Bellevue office has a powerful air cleaner.
2. All of my clients signed a written consent agreeing to the daily safety practice and to cancel the session when they do not feel well.
3. When my client comes to my office, we both check our temperature. At this point, we are wearing facemasks as we are relatively close together.
4. The client washes their hands or cleans them with hand sanitizer. I also wash my hands between clients.
5. We sit down cross the table 6 feet away and if the client is not coughing, we switch to the home made face shield instead of masks.
6. When I prepare art media to do art therapy, I may switch back to my facemask as I get closer to my clients.
7. Once my client leave my office/studio, I clean all the seats and table thoroughly. art supplies used during the session go into the UV light box to be sanitized.
You see my computer and monitor far behind. I see 80% of my clients online now days.
Please visit the tutorial page for how to make the face shield.