We Are Open! Sessions Will be Transitioning to Virtual Telehealth
As the news surrounding COVID-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus) evolves, the main priorities of Eddins Counseling Group remain the same — to walk alongside our clients in optimizing their well being. The health and safety of our clients are very important to us. We want to let you know about some of the preventative steps we are taking to decrease risks as much as we can and inform you of alternative options available.
Our goal is to support access to services while keeping everyone safe and healthy.
Telehealth and Virtual Sessions
Our therapists will be offering online virtual sessions for clients until further notice (which we have been providing for over a decade!) Please factor in your understanding of your unique health needs and the needs of your loved ones when deciding whether to pursue office versus telehealth visits.
If you are interested in meeting virtually with your therapist, please contact us at 832-559-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so we can provide access information. Accessing your session virtually is very simple!
Here are a few points to keep in mind when scheduling a telehealth session:
- Video sessions are easy to access. We will send you a link before the time of your scheduled appointment and you enter the session by clicking the link from your phone or computer.
- Ensure you are in a private, confidential space for your appointment time.
- For a video session, connect via Wi-Fi to avoid drops in the signal.
- Keep your phone nearby. In the event you do experience any signal disruption, your therapist will call you right away on your phone.
- Couples, parents, child, teen and groups can also be held together through our secure video service.
- If you have a gmail account, you can download the app “Hangouts Meet by Google” to use your phone/tablet. If not, you can create a gmail account here.
- If you are using a laptop or desktop, download the Chrome or Firefox browser on your computer to prepare.
- Read more about online therapy and how it works here.
- Research confirms that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy.
We Encourage You To:
- Be open to phone or online sessions. This might feel different and new, but telehealth has been around for awhile, has been shown to be just as effective as in-person therapy, and allows us to stay connected and provide you support during this time. If you are worried that you are not tech savvy enough for online therapy, we can have a member of our support team walk you through it before your appointment. We also have a second encrypted service we can use if it’s easier for you.
- Keep “coming” to therapy! Therapy helps us stay healthy, stable, and grounded. In times of anxiety and uncertainty, therapy is a source of emotional support and a safe place to process our experiences. We strongly encourage all of our clients to keep their appointments as scheduled, whether online or over the phone.
- Communicate with your therapist. Let your therapist know how you are doing, if you are worried about your sessions, or if you are concerned about scheduling issues. We understand that the schedules of both our staff and clients are subject to change with school closings, changes at work, and more. We encourage everyone to be flexible and adaptive as we navigate this in the coming weeks.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We are currently offering appointments online and would be happy to schedule you for an intake with one of our therapists on our easy to use, HIPAA compliant, online platform. Once we resume in-person sessions, you are welcome to continue treatment with your therapist and meet in their office.
Managing Your Mental Health in Times of Stress
In times of stress, we can feel overwhelmed and experience strong emotional reactions. Taking care of your mental health during stress is very important. It can help you cope with overwhelming thoughts and feelings. If you have noticed any of the following symptoms increase, it may be time to reach out for support:
- Fear or worry that doesn’t let up.
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Increased substance use.
- Panic or anxiety attacks.
- Catastrophic thinking.
If you haven’t seen a therapist in awhile and are experiencing stress, we are here for you. A single session might be enough to help you work through any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing right now. We will continue to be available for online therapy sessions.
Mental Health Impact of Social Distancing
Psychologists’ research has found that during a period of social distancing, quarantine or isolation, you may experience:
Fear and anxiety
You may feel anxious or worried about yourself or your family members contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. It’s also normal to have concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations. Some people may have trouble sleeping or focusing on daily tasks.
Depression and boredom
A hiatus from work and other meaningful activities interrupts your daily routine and may result in feelings of sadness or low mood. Extended periods of time spent at home can also cause feelings of boredom and loneliness.
Anger, frustration or irritability
The loss of agency and personal freedom associated with isolation and quarantine can often feel frustrating. You may also experience anger or resentment toward those who have issued quarantine or isolation orders or if you feel you were exposed to the virus because of another person’s negligence.
If you are sick or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you may feel stigmatized by others who fear they will contract the illness if they interact with you.
Follow Our Mental Health Tips On Social Media!
We will be regularly posting tried and true strategies to help you cope with stress, anxiety, overwhelm, sleep disturbance, and more on our social media platforms. Like/follow us for the latest strategy:
How to manage the stress of COVID-19
- Step back from social media and news outlets – pick a few news sources you trust and limit your time on them
- Use the opportunity in session to speak to your clinician about the balance between productive versus unproductive worry
- Speak to your medical provider about ways to manage your personal risk
- Balance the use of hand sanitizer with the use of lotion, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting spray to minimize pain and dryness in hands
- Reach out for more support if worry, anxiety or panic increase or feel overwhelming
- There is no right or wrong way to feel about COVID-19. If you have a low level of concern, you are not under-reacting; and, if you are concerned and taking precautions and/or canceling travel, you are not overreacting. If at any point between sessions you notice a level of fear or anxiety that is concerning to you or difficult to manage, please reach out – we are here to support you.
- No one can control what happens next. And that gives many of us a feeling of uncertainty that causes stress and anxiety. By focusing your attention on small daily actions, you can move forward even in the face of uncertainty. And in turn, that reduces stress and anxiety.
- Focus on what you can do and accept what you can’t change.
Helpful Resources for Your Mental Health in Times of Stress:
- How to Improve Your Sleep
- Stress Management Tips
- Grounding & Soothing Techniques to Cope with Difficult Emotions
- How to Reduce Stress in Children
- Tips for Worry
- Ways to Relax When You Have Anxiety
- Coping with an Anxiety Attack
- Self-Help Resources
Podcast: Jack Kornfield – How to Find Peace Amidst COVID-19; How to Cultivate Calm in Chaos
Talking with Your Children About Coronavirus
Our children are watching our responses to stress. We have an opportunity to model important lessons which will help our children deal with their own stress. It’s important to talk about our feelings and emotions. Our children are watching. Let them know they are safe and loved. In order for their brain to grow, they need to hear this message and feel it.
Here are a few resources for kids and teens:
Handout for explaining Coronavirus to young kids and exploring feelings:
Video for explaining Cornovirus to young Kids:
There is a lot of news out there. To go straight to the source these are good links to the CDC and WA Department of Health:
For kid-friendly information:
Within Our Office
We have stepped up our normal cleaning and sanitation routines. Staff will be periodically wiping down the common areas and doorknobs with disinfectant wipes. Therapists will be wiping down their offices and therapy tools/toys. We have hand sanitizer in all of our offices for your use.
If you have a child that is coming in to see one of our therapists, you can encourage them to either wash their hands when they arrive and at the end of the session, or use hand sanitizer before beginning their session and/or at the end if you feel comfortable doing so.
We are encouraging everyone to refrain from handshakes at this time. We will encourage and accept waves, and “air” fives.
Keeping You Updated
We will continue to communicate any updates as things change and develop. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call our office directly at 832-559-2622.