COVID-19 Response

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.

PCSSS is committed to maintaining safety precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts governmental leadership. PCSSS pandemic-related policies are also informed by recommendations put forward by the American Psychological Association (APA).

In response to the delta and omicron variants, plans to move toward providing in-person services have been postponed. As such, psychotherapy services will continue to be limited to a telepsychology format regardless of therapist and/or client vaccination status.

PCSSS also recognizes the clinical need for providing in-person sessions on a case-by-case basis and at the clinical discretion of the therapist. Should the clinical care of a client warrant an in-person session, PCSSS will continue to require the use of masks and social distancing precautions when providing outpatient therapy in office settings as well as when providing in-home services. These precautions are required even if both client and therapist are vaccinated.

PCSSS is committed to upholding the recommended safety precautions and professional considerations. Not knowing exactly what that may entail as we look to a hopeful spring, based on these recommendations and considerations, until further notice PCSSS plans to only provide in-person psychotherapy services if both the therapist and client are vaccinated. 

In addition to our commitment to integrate these recommendations and considerations, PCSSS is also collaborating with each of our host churches. PCSSS leadership continues to work 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 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 Friday January 7, 2022