All clients (and individuals accompanying them to their appointment) must self-screen for COVID-19 one to two days prior to every in-person appointment. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or answer "yes" to any of the screening items, you must cancel/reschedule your appointment or change your appointment to telehealth. All cancellation fees will be waived. We also recommend that you self-isolate at home and call 811 for further advice or arrange testing.
In the past 48 hrs, have you had, or are you currently experiencing a fever OR a cough (new or worsening)?
In the past 48 hours, have you had, or are you currently experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening): Sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or headache?
Have you traveled anywhere in the past 14 days that requires you to self-isolate?
Have you been in close contact (less than six feet/2 metres) with anyone in the past 14 days who has a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19, is awaiting test results, or is required to self-isolate?
Have you been to any of the locations identified by NS Public Health as potential exposure sites (during dates and times listed)?
Are you required for any other reason to be self-isolating?
Our psychologists will also regularly self-screen and will not come to the office if feeling unwell or exhibiting any signs of COVID-19 or possible exposure.
All of our psychologists have received three doses of vaccine against COVID-19. Some of our psychologists are requiring their in-person clients to be fully vaccinated (i.e., a minimum of two doses of vaccine) and to show proof of vaccination. If this cannot be provided, virtual sessions will be offered and/or a referral to another psychologist who may be able to offer in-person sessions. Please let us know if there are any questions about the vaccination policy of your individual psychologist.
Physical Distancing Measures:
We ask that you attend the appointment by yourself, unless it is absolutely necessary that you have a support person with you. if possible, please stay in your vehicle until your scheduled appointment time to reduce crowding in the waiting area.
In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing measures, a maximum of six psychologists will be seeing clients at one time. We will also be mindful of maintaining a 6-foot/2 metre distance from our clients. When possible, we ask that you also maintain a distance of at least 6 ft between you and your psychologist or other individuals present. All of our therapy rooms allow for at least 6 ft of distance between therapist and client when seated.
Safe Hygiene and Cleaning Practices:
Care will be taken to frequently disinfect all surfaces, with particular attention given to high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs.
Upon entering the suite, all clients will be asked to sanitize their hands. Psychologists will also sanitize their hands frequently and between each session.
We will discontinue the use of toys, magazines, and other shared items in waiting areas, as well as office items shared among patients, such as pens, clipboards, etc.
All forms, payments, and receipts will be processed and delivered virtually.
You are required to wear a mask (a minimum of a three-ply medical mask is strongly encouraged) when entering the suite and when in the common areas. If you have a health condition that makes it unsafe for you to wear a mask, please let your psychologist know. Your psychologist will also wear a mask upon greeting you and when in common areas. The use of a mask in the therapy office during your session will depend on your comfort level, as well as the comfort level of your psychologist.
If needed, individual packets of tissues will be provided.
Most offices are equipped with an air purifying system and UV sanitizer.
Prior to your first in-person session during the pandemic, you will be sent a consent form that outlines all of the above procedures and asks you to consent to the following:
I have read, understood, and agree to adhere to the COVID-19 safety procedures for all in-person appointments to the best of my ability;
I understand that despite the careful and thorough efforts of Dr. Leah Clyburn & Associates to minimize the risk of infection, it is impossible to guarantee that all risk of virus exposure has been eliminated.