Coronavirus Update, Tools and Resources

Stages to Resuming In-Person Sessions

August 13, 2020

Traveling Light Counseling COVID Three-Stage In-Person Procedure:

Below is the Traveling Light Counseling three-stage procedure for reintroducing in-person therapy sessions. We will make any necessary changes or provide additional information based on the best information we have from the State and local health officials at any given time.

Stage 1:

Start: July 1, 2020

Duration: 1 month or as long as necessary to collect the necessary supplies for safety

Description: Therapists will continue to provide strictly telehealth counseling at this time. During this stage, we begin to get comfortable with being in the office, learning our new safety procedures, and regaining our workplace culture.

 

Stage 2:

Start: September 1, 2020

Duration: Unknown; dependent on state and local official information.

Description: In Stage 2, clinicians may begin to see clients in-person with specific stipulations. As Stage 2 begins, clinicians may allow up to 25% of their weekly sessions to be held in-person. Clinicians will neither guide nor require clients to resume in-person sessions. Resuming of in-person sessions is at the discretion of each client. Pre-screening requirements to enter office.

Stage 3:

Start: unknown

Description: Full reopen to the public for in-person sessions.

New Clients: Intake Coordinators will continue to schedule new appointments as tele-health sessions until further notice. New clients will be notified that their therapist will discuss any options for in-person therapy during that intake appointment. They will notify new clients that in-person sessions are currently scheduled after an initial telehealth appointment, if clinically appropriate. Therapists will follow the contraindications list for deciding appropriateness for in-person sessions, along with ensuring that no more than the appropriate percentage of their caseload is scheduled for in-person counseling.

Recent Update

July 23, 2020

Everyone is struggling.  We are all being impacted by the stay-at-home and wear-mask orders of this pandemic.  Every time we catch our breath there is another change, covid-decision to make, disruption or interruption into our daily life and for that matter way of being and a loss of control in one way or the other.  Despite all this chaos we remain confident in our work and our ability to help you adapt, overcome and thrive.  As a way to help protect the health and safety of my clients during these chaotic times and still deliver the excellent care you have come to accept and appreciate at Traveling Light I am happy to offer online sessions that are secure, convenient  easy to use and just as effective as in person therapy.  

On July 22, 2020, the CDC released updated guidance regarding the duration of isolation and recommendations regarding retesting of COVID-19 cases. The Florida Department of Health seeks to ensure resources are available to assist with education regarding the actions that they, along with their close contacts, should take to remain safe. Provided below is a brief overview of recommendations.

 

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from those who are not infected. People in isolation should remain home, and then within their home, separate themselves from other members of their household by staying in a designated room or area to minimize the risk of exposing others in the home.

Symptomatic cases of COVID-19 should remain isolated until:

  • At least 10 days* since symptoms first appeared; and

  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and

  • Symptoms have improved.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness or patients who are severely immunocompromised may need to be isolated for 20 days after symptom onset; consider consultation with infection control experts.

Cases of COVID-19 without symptoms should remain isolated until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since they were tested

 

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus but not experiencing symptoms.

Close contacts (came within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes) should:

  • Stay home for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

  • Watch for fever (100.4°F or more), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

 

Retesting Recommendations:

  • For persons diagnosed with COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset or the date of first positive viral test for COVID. In addition, quarantine is not recommended for individuals that have recovered from COVID-19 in the event of close contact with an infected person during the 3 month-period.

  • For persons who develop new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the 3 months after the date of initial symptom onset, if an alternative etiology cannot be identified by an authorized health care provider, then the person may warrant retesting. Consultation with infectious disease or infection control experts, as well as the Florida Department of Health, is recommended. Isolation may be considered during this evaluation based on consultation with an infection control expert, especially if symptoms develop within 14 days after close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

Donating plasma is one of the ways you can help those fighting COVID-19. If you or your family have had COVID-19 and have been completely symptom free for at least two weeks, your plasma may help save the lives of other patients. Learn more at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma.

Recent Update

April 5, 2020

I hope you are your family are going well as you navigate this messy middle between what we knew and what is to come. Though therapist still fall in the category of essential workers the safety and security of all TLC clients remains paramount as we move forward in providing much needed mental health services for our community.  Our services will being delivered via Telehealth/Online Therapy will remain in place at this time.  

I also wanted to offer my heartfelt appreciation to the team at TLC that have come together, persevered, went above and beyond to benefit our current and future clients in order that they continue to receive the best standard of care during the COVID-19 spread that has imposed great challenges upon us.   The team here at TLC see it as a great honor to come alongside our courageous clients and be the calm in the storm.  If you are reading this as a potential client please click here to learn more about how we can come alongside you in this time of distress.  We have limited availability, however if we can't help we will assist you with referrals of other providers in the area.  Also, please scroll down to the end of the page for cool resources the team here at TLC have put together in order for you to ride out the waves of the storm with intentionality and peace. 

Recent Update

March 23, 2020

Tele-Health is up and running.  Had a great week last week transitioning to seeing people through video that is similar to FaceTiming with a friend.  There will be a video later this week showing what Tele-Health looks like on your end so you can see how comfortable, safe and convenient it is.

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

 

Ways we are helping:

  1. Traveling Light is coming alongside the Coronavirus Online Therapy which is a collective of experienced, licensed therapists across the country, that would like to be of service to you. They have therapists in EVERY State who are willing to help. If you are someone working on the front line for us, we thank you. If you are presently working in healthcare, as a first responder, grocery store employee, bank employee or a related field, and you are experiencing an increase in anxiety, panic, depression, fear or stress go Coronavirus Online  and learn more regarding how to get connected to a local therapist.

  2. We are providing help, support, comfort and convenience to all current clients and new clients through Tele-Health.  No need to stop the work you have been doing or not start therapy because Tele-Health is just as effective as in person therapy.  So, if you are looking to continue treatment or start therapy in order to ride the waves of this pandemic we are that safe online place to unload and take with.  We are here to help you!    

Update

March 18, 2020

Currently, we are NOT seeing clients in the office for scheduled sessions we have transitioned to Tele-Health only till April 1, 2020.  Research shows that they can be just as effective as in-person appointments, and we can continue your care without interruption.  Parents may be concerned that their children/ADHD children won't do good with video and I want to assure you that this has not been an issue in the past.  Children do very well with Tele-therapy and if we come across and complications we will communicate them instantly.  

We feel it more important to support the community and stop the spread by adhering to the CDC requests of a 2-week pause.  Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you through video.

Letter from the CEO

March 17, 2020

The spread of Coronavirus has elevated precautions and concerns to unprecedented levels across the nation, and Traveling Light Counseling will continue doing it's part to ensure the safety of it's clients/patients as your health is our top priority.

With the increasing uncertainty and growing number of infected individuals around the world, I encourage you to take responsibility for yourself and your family.  Though the risk remains low, it's important to take a proactive approach to minimize exposure. 

  • Currently, we are still seeing clients in the office for scheduled sessions.  However, this may change at a moments notice.  ​I encourage you to schedule a secure video appointment. Research shows that they can be just as effective as in-person appointments, and we can continue your care without interruption. If you're interested, let us know and we'll make the necessary arrangements.

  • If you feel more comfortable not coming into the office you can switch to TeleTherapy (insurance restrictions apply).

  • If you've recently been in any airport, please wait 14 days before coming in for an appointment.

  • If you or someone close to you has recently traveled to or from Iran, South Korea, China, or Italy, we insist you postpone booking an appointment until further notice. If this applies to you, please inform your therapist via email, and we’ll put you on a dedicated wait-list for an appointment. 

  • If you’re exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, we urge you to stay home, take care of yourself, and seek medical help when appropriate.

 

The Coronavirus situation is still very unpreditable and fluid, and further measures may be required as a result of the virus spread or at the request of the state leadership.  Please know that Traveling Light Counseling will provide updates as soon as possible in the event more steps are needed.  

PREVENTION:

Traveling Light Counseling is increasing cleaning activities to help prevent the spread of germs.  A few simple steps to protect yourself and those around you include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick.

  • Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Please refer to the CDC’s dedicated 2019-ncov website for additional information, and maintain awareness by checking the official communications from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Regards,

Yvette E. McDonald, LCSW, CEO

Wellness Tools & Resources 

Breathing Exercises

A collection of breathing exercise resources to help you pass the time intentionally during the stay at home order.

Yoga

A collection of yoga videos to help you intentionally pass the time during the stay at home order. 

Meditations

A collection of meditations resources to help you pass the time intentionally during the stay at home order.

Wellness Resources

A collection of tip and ideas to stay mentally well during the stay at home order. 

Ted Talks

A collection of Ted Talks on various subject matters to help you pass the time intentionally during the stay at home order.

Online Therapy

The convenience of doing therapy at home or on the go to keep yourself mentally well during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Allowing us to do what we do best here at Traveling Light: hold space, destress, gain perspective, catch your breath and unpack and talk.

Counseling Can Help During This Time of Uncertainty!

These are some crazy times we are in and for a lot of us the stress, anxiety and depression are at an all time high.  The uncertainty of tomorrow is having a lot of people feeling overwhelmed, fearful and helpless.  It's all just down right exhausting.  

*Sending virtual hugs!* 

We want you to know we are here.  Good Mental Health isn't an option especially during crisis.   We are offering TeleHealth/Online Counseling sessions for your convenience and support.  Give us a call and we will get you scheduled in order to help you catch your breath, find ways to slow down the anxious thoughts, game plan during this messy middle of life and find healthy ways to respond to the demands of your everyday life no matter what form they come in (front line workers, parents doing virtual school, couples working together at home, single and stressed).  Let us do what we do best and be the calm in your storm.

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