Everyone has had to make sweeping adjustments to account for doing therapy exclusively online. Perhaps no one more than child therapists. Child therapists can no longer use their wondrous magical office space to allow their kid clients to do non directive play therapy. No building blocks, no sand tray, no bilateral tapping on the shoulders as the child illustrates their trauma. It can feel like the rug being pulled from under.
Vanessa Longnecker has helped me to reimagine what is possible and impossible. She has adjusted not only the way she conducts child therapy, but also her mindset. This is important because it helps stave off the constant disappointment and frustration that the pandemic isn’t over yet, and instead allows her to be grateful in other ways.