Coping With COVID-19 and Anxiety
If you're struggling more than usual with anxiety right now, you're not alone. Even if you haven't been personally affected by the virus or had a family member affected, you may feel like you're sitting in wait for the other shoe to drop.
So many of us are worried about getting infected. You may fear that germs can be transmitted via surfaces, clothing, food, or the air. There seem to be no definitive answers to your questions, and no way of staying completely safe.
Even if you and your loved ones are safe, you might be sheltering at home together 24x7, and that brings a lot of stress that is outside of the norm.
Helping you deal with your anxiety via Online Therapy is a way that I can help you cope.
Reach out if you would like to chat with me to see if working together makes sense.
There are the obvious reasons for feeling anxious these days, the biggest of which is the significant upheaval in one’s sense of safety and security.
Our built in negativity bias doesn’t help!
The negativity bias is the phenomena by which humans give more psychological weight to negative experiences than they do to positive ones. Negative emotions can, in fact, have an impact that is close to three times stronger then positive emotions. According to Rick Hanson “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positives ones.” The reason for this? We are wired for survival i.e. we once had to pay a lot more attention to a bear then a flower.
It is normal to feel anxious and …
it is also true that together, we can
ease your discomfort.
FAQ about Online Therapy
Online therapy, also known as telemental health, is a growing field. As your psychotherapist, I will provide psychological counseling and support over the internet through zoom. If you are finding your anxiety is overwhelming you right now, please reach out. In fact, why not reach out before it gets overwhelming! You do not have to manage this alone. If you would like to talk about online therapy, feel free to send me an email. See my contact page.
Is online psychotherapy as effective as in person?
When I first started using online therapy via zoom, I had significant concern about its effectiveness. Would my clients benefit with the same results as in-person psychotherapy, especially due to the fact that the body in included as a significant resource of information. Online psychotherapy has proven to be as beneficial, if not more at times, then in-person work. I’ve been practicing psychotherapy for 23 years and find this work, at this time, with people like you transformative and grounding.
How does online therapy work?
We wlll use either Zoom, FaceTime or telephone. Zoom has worked very well in my experience with my clients and allows us to see each other on a computer screen. It also works with a phone.
I will be working with you from my secluded home office. I use earphones as well. If privacy is an issue, walking to a secluded space can also work for FaceTime and phone.
Does “somatic’ mean there is normally physical contact with the body?
No, there is no physical contact. I invite you to check out the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy section of my website for a thorough description.
What is the price? How long do session last?
My rate is $180-$200 for a 50 minute session and $280 for a 75 minute session (Which is a session and a half. In addition to a sliding scale, I am offering very low fees for those in need or frontline workers.)
Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance; however, I am happy to give you a receipt for sessions on a monthly bases for your reimbursement.
Social Justice Reform and Mental Health
We are currently living through what the New York Times describes as the largest protest movement in United States history. No matter who or where you are, the protests, conversations, and videos shared have been overwhelming for so many of us. It is valid and normal to feel exhausted, frustrated, confused, sad, or numb.
How to Bring in Some Relief
Research reveals that negative experiences outweigh positive ones by 3:1. Try to infuse your life with deliberate positivity. When you take a walk, feel your feet on the ground, feel your breath moving in and out of your body; listen for the sounds of birds. Notice ‘thinking’ and come back to the present moment over and over again. The more we say “no” to negative thinking, the more we naturally open to the present moment and to the peace that can await us.
Savor Positive Moments
Because negative experiences are transferred and stored in your long-term memory, we need to savor the positive and happy experiences to balance them out. Etch them in your mind and come back often.
“Regularly being thankful and noting the good things in your life can improve sleep, reduce stress, and provide a boost for your relationships.”
Take a Self-Compassion Break
When you notice your mind dwelling in a pool of negativity, see what its like to put a hand on your heart and take a few deep breaths. You can offer yourself compassion by saying words of loving kindness i.e. “This is a moment of suffering” and/or “May I be happy, May I be peaceful, May I be free from suffering”. We can also offer these thoughts to all people.
There are many meditations available online, including Headspace, a favorite of many). Meditation actually calms your autonomic nervous system by harnessing your parasympathetic nervous system. This can help drop you into the spaciousness of your own body, letting go of the demands of the thinking mind.