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Mar 9, 2020

Curt and Katie talk about the Corona Virus scare. We look at how to take care of ourselves, our clients, and our businesses during the current outbreak. We also look at the mental health impacts and the legal and ethical responsibilities we have to our clients.          

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The current concerns about the Corona Virus
  • The impacts of the virus on therapists
  • How to identify our responsibilities as therapists
  • Info from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control on COVID-19
  • The reactions that we are seeing in society as mental healthcare professionals
  • Looking at practical steps to increase safety in your office
  • How to think about your cancellation policy
  • Incorporating telehealth into your practice
  • The complexity of insurance companies covering telehealth session
  • Xenophobia toward individuals of Asian descent, and the mental health impact on these clients
  • The impact on the individuals (or their caregivers) who have compromised immune systems of needing to remain home or in isolation
  • The legal and ethical considerations
  • When we can tell our clients that they must stay home and when it could be discrimination
  • The problems with self-quarantines
  • The importance of therapists refraining from contributing to the anxiety and sharing accurate information from reputable sources


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Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links. Please note that some of the links below might be affiliate links, so if you purchase after clicking below, we may get a little bit of cash in our pockets. We thank you in advance!

The World Health Organization Corona Virus Information

The Center for Disease Control Corona Virus Information

Facebook Group: Online Therapists (They have a spreadsheet with information on different insurance companies and how they cover telehealth)

SimplePractice Telehealth Information


Therapy Reimagined 2020 Call for Sponsors


Relevant Episodes:

Managing Client Cancellations

Busting Insurance Myths

Millennials and Telehealth


Connect with us!

Our Facebook Group – The Modern Therapists Group

Get Notified About Therapy Reimagined 2020 (and TR2019 Virtual Conference)


Our consultation services:

The Fifty-Minute Hour


Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is the cofounder of the Therapy Reimagined conference, the CFO of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making "dad jokes" and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at:

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant supporting leaders, visionaries, executives, and helping professionals to create sustainable careers. Katie, with Curt, has developed workshops and a conference, Therapy Reimagined, to support therapists navigating through the modern challenges of this profession. Katie is also President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt's youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at:

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.


Stay in Touch:

Our Facebook Group – The Modern Therapist’s Group



Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano