3/17/20: We are Here to Help- Offering in Person and Virtual Sessions
During this Coronavirus Pandemic, many people are expressing increased stress and anxiety. Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R and Greater Life Health/Kevin Daugherty are taking this situation very seriously. We also know that during this stressful time, our clients need their appointments maybe even more than before.
Currently, we are still going into the office and meeting with our clients. We are cleaning and disinfecting the office frequently, have removed magazines and toys, practicing social distancing and washing hands between each session.
We are asking any clients to stay home if they are feeling ill, have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus or have traveled out of the country or a hot spot of Coronavirus in the last two weeks. Cancelation fees will be waived for these clients.
We are also offering virtual sessions for our clients that may be quarantined, are immune-compromised or for those that are fearful to come into the office. Simple Practice is the technology service we will use to conduct virtual sessions. It is simple to use and there are no passwords required to log in. An email with the link for the session will be sent to you prior to our scheduled appointment time. There is also an app called Telehealth by SimplePractice that can be downloaded. Before a virtual session can be conducted, specific consents will be sent to our clients that need to be signed prior to our scheduled appointment. Kelly has a program that she will be utilizing for any clients that are in the midst of doing EMDR.
We will be reevaluating this situation daily and will keep you up to date regarding any changes to your appointment.
How to Cope with the Stress of this Pandemic
- Utilize Your Tools:
- Bilateral Stimulation and variations such as the Scramble, Butterfly Hug
- Peripheral Vision
- Mindfulness- Be Here Now. Ask yourself- What’s Wrong Right Now? Most of the time- nothing is wrong in the actual moment. Use your breath to ground yourself, bringing yourself back to the present moment. Your breath is your anchor to this present moment and you always have your breath so focus on your breath.
- Meditate- There are several great apps like Head Space, Stop, Breath & Think, 10% Happier
- Heart Breathing or 4,4,4 Breathing (Inhale to the count of 4, Hold for 4, Exhale for 4)
- Take Breaks from the News and Social Media- This situation is constantly changing and hearing about it all the time can increase your stress/fear
- Connect with Others- Reach out to Others including your therapist/life coach/pastor to talk about your feelings
- Follow CDC Guidelines and get your information/updates from reliable sources including: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
- Having Trouble Sleeping- Listen to this Free Sleep Audio: https://www.greaterlifehealth.com/hypno-sleep-audio