COVID-19 Crisis in Therapy
The following essay was written in Hebrew by Dr. Gil Erlich who operates a private clinic in Israel. Dr. Erlich works with preschoolers, children, teens and adults in addressing developmental-emotional issues. An English summary of this essay is offered first.
COVID-19 Crisis in Therapy [English Summary]
The COVID-19 crisis has brought us all, to think about our being in a new and unfamiliar situation. I believe that learning from these experiences will help us grow in our routine being. Because of this I would love to take part in sharing my thoughts on this matter. The details of the patients presented in the article have been changed in order to maintain privacy
I work as a psychologist in three different therapeutic fields.
In a private clinic, where I work as a clinical psychologist. At the clinic I get mostly patients dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and lack of satisfaction in life. I see them 1-3 times a week and the treatment is essentially psychotherapeutic.
In day care in a hospital as a clinical psychologist. In day care, patients who need higher therapeutic holding and handling than regular out-patients, reach about seven hours a day, and receive therapy that include group therapies, expression and creative therapies, and psychological therapies. Day care allows (as opposed to full hospitalization) to self-fulfillment beyond the therapeutic space’ in daily life (work, studies, relationships, etc.). The treatment as part of the day care provides accompaniment by a multi-disciplinary team.