In Online Therapy, We Acknowledge that Having an Abortion Is Made More Complicated by COVID-19
In remote therapy at Tribeca Maternity, we acknowledge the reality that COVID-19 has complicated what it means to seek an abortion right now. Many medical centers are overtaxed, and could represent a greater possibility of exposure to the virus. In addition, some states are using the pandemic as an excuse to add further restrictions to abortion access. In our video therapy sessions, we’ll process together what this means for you, how it feels, and help you think through your options.
The Emotional Experience of Abortion Is Different for Everyone
Different people have vastly different experiences with abortion. In particular, the emotional response to having an abortion varies hugely from person to person. In online therapy with couples and individuals at Tribeca Maternity, we have an appreciation for each woman’s unique experience.
There Are Staggeringly Few Conversations About Abortion
In our phone and video therapy sessions, we talk about abortion however individuals and couples need to. Abortion is typically discussed only as a political issue, and the conversation usually stops there. Our therapists aren’t afraid to talk about the politics, but we’re also here for the deeper, more nuanced conversations that are particular to your experience. We also recognize that sometimes people need to talk about their experience, while others don’t.
We Also Help Couples Talk to Each Other
Abortions often happen within relationships, which means they can happen to couples. While we ultimately respect a woman’s right to decide for herself, some women wish to invite partners into this process and need help navigating the difficult conversations involved in deciding whether to carry a pregnancy.
Differences of opinion are but one issue couples may come up against. Just as adding a child to one’s family represents a permanent change in a relationship, so too does a choice to terminate a pregnancy. Family planning is about more than making the decision, but also planning for, both practically and emotionally, the impact of these decisions, including making room for grief.