10 Apr 2020
April 10, 2020

Bust your boredom

Wellness

Aaron Kirkwood, LAMFT, with Counseling Associates for Well-Being in Athens, GA talks about what you might do to fill some time as you shelter in place.  Check out the video here.

Check out our website at www.ca4wellbeing.com. If you would like to schedule an appointment call (706) 534 – 8558 or e-mail: Aaron@ca4wellbeing.com

Virtual museum tours – https://virtualmuseums.io/
Help out with research – Zooniverse – https://www.zooniverse.org/
Meditation – apps Calm, Headspace, Aura, 10% Happier, Insight Timer (free), search Youtube for meditation or guided meditations
Read a book – Athens-Clarke County Library online – http://www.athenslibrary.org/online-library
Learn a new skill – Udemy (includes filter for free courses) – https://www.udemy.com/, Skillshare – https://www.skillshare.com/
Pick up an old hobby or begin a new one – https://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/this-list-50-low-cost-hobbies-will-excite-you-2.html
Take an online course – Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/, edX – https://www.edx.org/, The Great Courses https://www.thegreatcourses.com/
Play Games -Free Rice – https://www.wfpusa.org/get-involved/freerice/, https://armorgames.com/, https://games.aarp.org/, https://www.kongregate.com/, https://store.steampowered.com/ (requires an install to your computer)
Write a letter to a friend or loved one –
Teach your pet a new trick – Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution – https://www.youtube.com/user/zakgeorge21, Simpawtico Dog Training – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMgKNPC0O91FgvS94YMgIag/featured, Cat School – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAKdgYzfrpEZ-1tQZHPOHZw
Make up your own games/challenges –

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06 Apr 2020
April 6, 2020

Telemental health

News

Aaron D. Kirkwood, LAMFT discusses telemental health.  Is it right for you?  Watch the video here for more information and then reach out to ask questions or make an appointment.

Aaron D KirkwoodCall or email me for an appointment or to ask questions about online therapy

(706) 534 – 8558

Aaron@ca4wellbeing.com

 

13 Mar 2020
March 13, 2020

Online sessions

News

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.