Carlos is a Clinical Psychologist, who works with children, adolescents and their families. Because of Covid-19, he’s seeing patients via Telehealth. Telehealth is a huge benefit, as it allows him to continue working with many patients, but he believes that it’s often not as effective in engaging many of his patients, especially those who are younger, when compared to face-to-face sessions. It also presents a challenge for patients to maintain the same focus, when on the computer for an extended time. He has noticed that many patients are experiencing screen fatigue, which adds another challenge to doing effective therapeutic work via Telehealth.
At present, he indicated that, like many people, his main stress is managing working from home, while helping his children with distance learning when needed. Due to Covid restrictions, families are faced with new and increasing challenges to find meaningful activities, and ways to connect with others. These challenges make it extremely difficult for families and individuals to find a healthy balance between social interaction, physical health, and time spent on screens. Many families are really struggling!
At the same time, he has seen reason for optimism as he has observed some reduction of stress when kids and families are not over-scheduled. Additionally, families are often exploring their local environments more, and are demonstrating some real resiliency and creativity. To that end, many families are spending more time together and making more use of their backyards.
To keep balanced he and his family are doing lots of hiking, creating trails, building things, making up games, and exploring RI woods. They enjoy exploring parts of RI that they never had time to do in the past. Carlos is also engaged in some outdoor building projects, which he has wanted to do for a long time.
He is grateful that, during this pandemic, he is able to continue working because of his profession and the flexibility afforded by Telehealth. He is looking forward to the day when he can again meet with patients in his office, and get back to working in ways that seem more effective for families. He hopes that people are able someday to acquire some perspective learned from the quarantines and restrictions, which will enable them to enjoy things that may have been taken for granted pre-Covid.