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      Nikki Penn Counseling & Consulting, PLLC is offering our clients technology-assisted counseling during the Covid-19 crisis.  Many insurances are now covering the technology-assisted sessions.  The web-based services are HIPAA compliant.  If you are not feeling well or if you are simply trying to practice social distancing to protect yourself or your loved-ones, please contact our office to set up an appointment to do counseling via phone or web-based services.  You will be asked to fill out an extra form to ensure your understanding of technology-assisted counseling.  
Here are a few ideas as we face this challenge together:
  • Don't let feelings of isolation or loneliness sneak up on you.  Stay in touch with friends and loved ones through creative ways.  Plan a virtual game night or happy hour through on-line technology like Zoom, Google Hangout, Facetime, etc. 
  • Focus on what you can control instead of what you can't.  You have control over your own preventive practices and self-care.  You have some control over how you spend your time and energy during this season.  You can choose to keep up an exercise routine, read your devotional, eat healthy, play with your children, and/or watch that movie you haven't had time to see. 
  • Try to avoid ruminating on all the negative possibilities.  Plan for what you can. Focus on the probabilities and the likelihoods, not just any and all possible outcomes.  Don't catastrophize.  Remember this won't likely last forever.  
  • Cut back on your exposure to the news and media.  It can increase fear-based responses.  If you need to, check in with a reputable site like the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  
  • Know a little anxiety is normal so be gentle with yourself.  But too much anxiety can cause us to become impulsive, emotionally reactive, and irrational.  Take steps to decrease the anxiety like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, scripture memorization, or participating in a hobby. And of course, you can make an appointment with your therapist.  
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