Associates in Professional Counseling continues to be committed to excellent care during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to this pandemic, Government and Insurance Agencies have provided expanded telehealth coverage to include Behavioral and Mental Health Counseling. During this time Associates in Professional Counseling will remain open. We are considered an essential business and are committed to the following for continued excellence in care:
- In order to best provide clinical services, protect the health of all involved and to follow the State and Federal recommendations, APC is strongly recommending the use of Telehealth at this time:
- Insurance providers have approved expanded telehealth coverage, this includes live interactive video consultations through a computer or telephone
- This allows concerned members to connect with their counselor with reduced risk of exposure to contagious viruses or further illness
- Your counselor can give you more information and answer your questions
- In critical situations a counselor may see a client in person at one of our locations. If this is the case, we are committed to the following:
- Ongoing sanitizing of our lobbies, rooms and door handles
- Hand sanitizer in each office and counseling room (as our supplies last)
- Hand wipes available in each office location (as our supplies last)
- Washing hands for 20 seconds between each patient or use of hand sanitizer
- Use of elbow or fist bump and not handshake
- Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
- Counselors will not come to work sick (running a temperature great than 100 degrees, coughing, runny or stuffy nose and congestion)
- We also ask the following should a client come to our office in person:
- Do not come if you are sick (running a temperature greater than 100 degrees, coughing, runny or stuffy nose and congestion).
- Do not show up early. Please arrive at the time that your appointment is to begin.
- Minimize touching any surface.
- Maintain 6 foot distance between any other person in waiting room.
- Use hand sanitizer.
Associates in Professional Counseling is committed to providing assistance, care and counsel to our clients and those who are seeking this service during this pandemic. Please call us should you have questions or if you would like to schedule an initial appointment: 888-545-5707 x11
Coping With The Stress Of The Covid 19 Virus
Life has changed as we have known it – and fast. The COVID 19 virus has impacted just about everything in our lives. It has made some people very sick. It has taken the lives of others. It has increased the anxiety level in most while causing panic in others. It has caused numerous people to become unemployed. It has caused workplaces to close. It has enhanced division. It has created fear and uncertainty.
I could go on, but it suffices to say that we have been hit hard by COVID 19. What complicates this so much is that there is so much that we do not know. There is so much that is uncertain. However, there is one thing that I do know for certain – People are amazingly resilient.
Resiliency is defined as: the ability to bounce back or spring back into shape, position, etc. following extreme pressure or stress. When we talk about human resilience following a crisis or extreme stress, it is more like pressing your hand into a foam mattress than squeezing a rubber ball. It does come back into shape, but it takes time. Time to be human and feel and think things that are painful and scary. It can include tremendous grief which requires time to heal. It does not mean that all things come back to “normal”. Often it includes adjusting to a new normal, finding a new path forward. But it does spring back.
As you deal with your own personal reaction to the unfolding events created by COVID 19, I recommend you look at the following document from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This article includes helpful advice on how to best cope with the stress created by COVID 19. I have placed the link below.
I also encourage you to remember the following:
- Be kind to yourself.
- Allow yourself to feel.
- Follow the recommended guidelines from the CDC.
- Be patient with others.
- Be kind to others.
- Be thoughtful of the needs of others.
- Practice healthy ways to relieve the buildup of stress.
- Set limits on the amount of news that you read or watch on the television or your devices.
- Connect with those you love and care for.
LINK TO ARTICLE: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_managing_stress.asp
Feel free to reach out to us at APC, if you or a loved one could use further assistance.
Stay well and stay safe,
Rod Ogilvie LCPC