As a rehabilitation psychologist I often work with people who are dealing with changes in abilities after an injury, medical condition, or other life event that is keeping them from doing some of the things they love. In many cases, I help people find new or modified ways to get outside and to connect to their personal values through activity and movement. Now at the time of putting this together there is a global pandemic with COVID-19 that is having the same effect for nearly everyone.
Healthcare Provider Support
I am offering free first appointments and consultations to healthcare providers on the front line. If you are a healthcare provider working to fight COVID-19 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region, I'm here to help. Whether you have been to therapy in the past, have never done therapy, or you just want someone to talk to, call or email me to start with a free phone consultation.
COVID19 patients/survivors - Please reach out for support. Psychology therapy can help with the recovery process. You are not alone.
Unemployed? I am happy to provide services on a sliding scale for those without mental health benefits or insurance. Contact me for more information.
Appointments are currently available via telehealth.
I’ll also be compiling resources as we move through this crisis event. Check back for updates, and please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Support/Services and Information (Updated 5/31/2020)
Psychologytools.com put together an educational guide and resource for understanding psychological trauma reactions related to critical illness, intensive care. This can be a helpful source of information for COVID-19 survivors, those who has dealt with frightening medical treatments, family/friends of people who have been hospitalized, and for healthcare professionals who want to better understand the psychological impact of critical illness.
Washington State Psychological Association has a great compilation of COVID-19 resources.
Recreation/Outdoor activities (Washington State) - As restrictions continue to change, Mountains to Sound Gateway offers great resources on what is open and how to safely get outside.
Elderly Adults and Caregiver Resources - relevant information for both caregivers and seniors themselves. It is properly researched and includes practical tips for maintaining mental health during this crisis.
Headspace (the app) has offered free memberships for the duration of 2020 for all clinicians with an NPI number. https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19 as well as for those experiencing unemployment
There is a crisis support services through the Disaster Distress Helpline. Call or Text.
From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.
Calm.com provides some free relaxation/mindfulness practices to help with stress management.
Pandemic Care Resources including meditations from Tara Brach, PhD.
Resilience in Challenging Times by the Sound True community has created this special digital care package to help you navigate the coming days with mindfulness, compassion, and presence.
Advice for sustaining staff wellbeing in critical care during and beyond COVID-19, from the Intensive Care Society.
Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19 - Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — newsflashes about the coronavirus.
Some important tips and reminders from the CDC
When stress builds up it can cause:
Burnout – feelings of extreme exhaustion and being overwhelmed.
Secondary traumatic stress – stress reactions and symptoms resulting from exposure to another individual’s traumatic experiences, rather than from exposure directly to a traumatic event.
Get Support from Team Members - Develop a Buddy System
It is important to remind yourself:
SAMHSA provides helpful tips on Adjusting Back to Life at Home after the work.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Please reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.