In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCSSS is offering Telehealth psychotherapy to our clients. We are grateful we are able to provide uninterrupted counseling services through Telehealth, using online formats that allow for both audio and video conferencing, as well as over-the-phone sessions.
Despite all COVID-19 restrictions having been lifted in Massachusetts by Governor Baker on May 29, 2021 with an anticipated end-date of the Massachusetts State of Emergency projected as June 15, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Psychological Association (APA) are continuing to require the use of masks and social distancing for psychotherapists providing outpatient therapy in office settings as well as when providing in-home services – even when both client and therapist are vaccinated. As such, PCSSS is committed to maintaining these safety precautions with respect to in-person visits until further notice. The APA also recommends that Telepsychology services be provided when the therapist and/or client is not vaccinated.
PCSSS supports these recommendations and also recognizes the clinical need for providing in-person social distancing sessions on a case-by-case basis and at the clinical discretion of the therapist.
We remain unclear as to when we will be reopening our offices, as doing so requires a collaborative process with each of our host churches. PCSSS leadership is currently working with each of our collaborative ministries to determine the most logical and safe approach toward implementing recommended policies and procedures. We are grateful for your continued patience and understanding as we determine how best to serve the South Shore community during these confusing times.
As we move forward, we will continue accepting new referrals for Telehealth psychotherapy with an anticipation of returning to in-person psychotherapy as circumstances clarify in the coming weeks and months. To the best of our ability, we will post changes regarding our re-opening policies and procedures on this website.
To safely navigate this reopening process, PCSSS leadership has drafted an Informed Consent to return to in-person psychotherapy. This document has been informed by recommendations from the CDC, the APA, and the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At a future time when PCSSS officially re-opens for in-person psychotherapy sessions, each client and therapist participating in our system will be required to complete an Informed Consent to return to in-person psychotherapy. For individuals already receiving such services due to clinical reasons, your therapist will be asking you to attend to this document before we move toward officially re-opening.
In either case, Informed Consent for In-Person as well as In-Home Services can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate button below.
A list of the safety precautions PCSSS is committed to ensuring upon resuming in-person psychotherapy services -- at the office as well as within a client's home -- can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate button below.
Should you be reaching out to begin the referral process, please call or email using the contact information above. If you have already spoken with a counselor and are preparing for your first Telehealth psychotherapy session, you can access all of the necessary intake paperwork clicking the INTAKE & EVALUATION button in the Page Header above.
In the meantime, please explore the below link for some self-care resources to help tend the mind, heart, and spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also welcome you to share these resources with your loved ones as you see fit.
Last updated Tuesday June 15, 2021