Given the recent developments of community transmission of COVID-19, we encourage our clients to consider online sessions rather than in person. Online counseling sessions, sometimes referred to as telemental health are a safe and effective way to stay connected to your therapist when you are unable to come in to the office for a session. These sessions are for established clients who have already had an in-person intake and may not be appropriate for every client. We use a HIPAA compliant platform that is convenient to use, and sessions may be covered by your insurance provider. Our therapists are licensed and trained in providing effective counseling services in an online format. If you are interested in moving your session online, contact your therapist directly.
The most important aspect of coping with a public health crisis is to stay calm, so we also suggest the use of relaxation tools that may help reduce stress and maintain a sense of calm in uncertain times. One example is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (Stahl & Goldstein), and another example is “Stop, Breath & Think” videos on YouTube. They are found at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCkB9zEEqnP9kMIf5VChd99Q.
Taylor will be conducting a weekly wellness group starting Friday February 7th at 12pm. The group meets weekly and uses a research-based format for improving wellness using Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques. Topics include physical, spiritual, emotional, social/relational and cognitive/intellectual wellness. There are seven sessions, and new members are welcome to join at any time. The sessions can be repeated as necessary. Group members will use their personal strengths to set wellness goals, find solutions and explore previous wellness efforts that worked for them, as well as focus on their ideal future wellness to improve functioning across all the domains. The cost is $35 and can be billed to health savings and credit cards. Insurance is not accepted for this group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
I’ve been thinking about the opportunity that the winter holidays bring for us to focus on our wellness. Sometimes the season brings extra time with our family and friends, which allows us to focus on our relational and social wellbeing. However, sometimes the holidays bring extra stress that comes from pressure we put on ourselves to travel, meet the needs of different family members and attend lots of extra fun, but sometimes taxing events. This year, why not take a moment or two to focus on just one area of wellness that you would like to pay attention to. Do you need some spiritual refreshment? What has brought you spiritual wellness in the past? What about your physical wellness? Does that mean trying that yoga class you’ve been meaning to check out or just getting some extra rest? Wellness means different things to different people. I invite you to think for a few moments about your views of physical, spiritual, relational, intellectual and emotional wellness. Reflect on your best hopes for each area this holiday season and then pick one or two areas to engage with more deeply. Try and envision the small steps you could take toward achieving optimal wellness in those particular areas. See if this opportunity to make incremental changes toward growth in those areas leads to a better sense of overall wellness this holiday season. Wishing you well this holiday season!