The truth is that even when it is safe to resume previous activities, it will never be the same. It can’t be. Too much has happened.
Counselors, what’s on your bookshelf? The good books you read offer the same opportunity as therapy does: to connect with your emotions and your humanity.
Without experience, it might be easy to be intimidated by police, angry parents or clever attorneys. But you cannot be arrested (as I was threatened on one occasion) for following counseling ethics and HIPAA requirements regarding client information. In fact, you will likely be in greater trouble if you concede to these “requests” and thus violate our code of ethics.
Role-playing games have long been an effective group therapeutic modality, but creating a shared imaginary world presents unique opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are unable to safely convene in person.
As we forge ahead, recovery from the trauma of COVID-19 will take time, patience and work. Yet, there are signs of change. Glimmers of hope. Flickers of light from the shards of a very broken year.