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  • Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Virtual Treatment During the next two weeks

Dear Grow Through Life Counseling Patient and/or Parents,

As most of you are aware, there is increasing global concern regarding the new coronavirus

and COVID-19. Here are at Grow Through Life Counseling, we do not want to be panicking or inciting fear, neither do we want to be flippant or irresponsible. Based on information from subject-matter-experts, it appears that the situation will get worse before it gets better. We

believe it would be best to be cautious.

It’s important that we think of health and safety as a community effort, which means that even if you personally feel like you could survive COVID-19 without complications, there are those

around you, including loved ones and family members, for whom contracting the disease could be critical. In our practice, we regularly see individuals who would be in a high-risk category due to age, underlying health conditions, or a compromised immune system. If you are in a low-risk category because you are young, strong, and in good health, I am optimistic and hopeful for you. However, we all have a responsibility as humans living in community, interdependent on one another, to take our collective health and well-being seriously. Taking timely and necessary precautions to slow the spread of this new coronavirus will flatten the curve and help us all get through this, together.

If you suspect that you have contracted the new coronavirus or that you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine or isolate yourself and/or call your doctor. “Coronavirus is a socially transmitted disease, and we all have a social contract to stop it.” - Howard Markel M.D., Ph.D.

I completely understand that online sessions do not have the same feel as an in-person session and we hope to resume them as quickly as possible.

However, starting Monday 3/16/2020 and until further notice we will only offer virtual Telehealth sessions as we feel it's the most responsible choice to do our part to stop the spread of the virus.

These precautions are not meant to incite panic or excessive worry. They are meant to allow us to responsibly treat you with safety of all of our clients, our community, and our own team in mind. There is a lot of information out there about the virus. I recommend consuming material from reputable sources and subject-matter-experts rather than the media at large.

Please login into your patient portal and complete the "Informed Consent for Telehealth" via

esignature. This allows us to continue your care without interruption. We will still be billing insurance and/or providing superbills as normally conducted for all sessions.

Prior to your appointment times, you will get an email with a link to come to my virtual waiting room at the time of your appointment and I will log on at your appointment time to conduct your session.You will need an internet connection and device with a camera to participate. We recommend a quiet and secure place in which you can talk with privacy when logging in from home.

Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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