Happy three-year anniversary to my second day working from home, when I proved that being a psychologist does not make you psychic:
Three years ago, I started working from home “temporarily,” which I guess is accurate if you consider that all of existence is a temporary state. In that time, I did eventually purchase a decent office chair for my home office (which is a business write-off, score!), HD camera, microphone, and green screen.
While I wish it did not take a pandemic, I am grateful for the current prevalence of telehealth. My town has had record-breaking snowfall multiple times this year, and I was able to continue supporting my clients through the storm without anyone risking their safety on the roads. Those with unreliable transportation could still come to my online office without leaving home. I have been able to get licensed and start practicing in other underserved states, increasing access to care in rural areas.
There has been a huge uptick in research verifying the efficacy of telehealth, and the American Psychological Association indicates that telehealth is considered a safe and effective method of service for almost everyone (it’s ok if you have a personal preference for or do better with in-person sessions, of course, but having options available is a good thing).
Personally, I love working from home. It’s not for everyone, but I enjoy not having to remember to pack a lunch, having no traffic on my commute from the living room, and getting to meet all my clients’ pets.
It has never been about “returning to normal.” It has been about making sure the changes we make lead to a better future. That’s what I am here for.
What have you gained in the last three years that you want to carry with you into the future?