Dr. Murphy’s Response to the COVID-19 (Cornavirus) Crisis

Dr. Murphy’s Response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Crisis

Hello, I am updating you on my response to the COVID-19 virus. I am taking the information on this situation day-by-day. At this time, I am only working in telehealth mode to help mitigate the spread of this virus in accordance with guidelines of medical health officials. Telehealth involves having the same appointment through a computer in a HIPAA compliant application. You simply click a link as well as type in your name to be placed in my virtual waiting room. You will be explained verbally, but also on the consent form, the pros and cons of telehealth use. I will resume in-office sessions at the appropriate time and will communicate to all when that is to occur.

For existing clients, I am encouraging those who have not signed a telehealth consent form to do so with me for this option. I will get your verbal consent and assent in the meantime. A consent form will be sent to your email.

For an intake (new clients), telehealth services (video) will be discussed by telephone before establishing your first appointment. This way it can be established whether telehealth service is an appropriate and viable option for you. So, yes, Dr. Murphy is still open for new clients unless capacity dictates otherwise. Due to COVID-19, telehealth is the only option for service at this time until further notice.

You must be somewhere alone where no one can hear you. You must be relatively stable to be appropriate for telehealth which is to say that you feel safe from harm to self or to others. In the event of an psychiatric emergency you are encouraged to call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 [TALK]), or if feasible, go to the nearest emergency room. I will ask your location before the onset of every appointment.

You should use Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, as well as have a working microphone and camera for website performance. Make sure your Internet connection is strong. Everything else is the same as face-to-face. Please let me know your feelings and preferences. I am encouraging you to keep your appointment especially at this time of acute change.

Best Regard,

-Dr. Murphy

To enter telehealth click below. Test this sometime before your appointment. Arrive to your session 5 minutes early to ensure your connection:

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