IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CORONOVIRUS COVID19
I believe that it is important for of all of us to take the current situation of a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus seriously – not from a place of fear but rather, responsibility. My goal is to ensure that you, family and friends and myself remain safe.
In this time of heightened concern around the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID19, it is important for all of us to take the current situation seriously and follow the recommendations outlined by the WHO (World Health Organization) and our local government and Health Services. We all have a responsibility to not only protect ourselves and loved ones but also to not put each other at risk.
If you are not aware of the recommendations, they are as follows:
- If you have travelled outside of Canada, particularly to a country with higher confirmed cases, you are to self-isolate for a period of 2 weeks.
- If you have been in contact with someone that is a confirmed case, you should self- isolate and contact local health authority. It is also crucial that you let others that have since been in contact with you, to be aware and also go into self isolation
- If you are presenting with symptoms of cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever and other flu-like symptoms, you are to self isolate.
- If you have been in a large group of 50 people or more where you could not maintain the recommended 6-10 feet 'social distancing' and no physical contact, you may self isolate.
- The importance of these considerations for self isolation are to recognize that we now know that you could have COVID19 and not have any of the symptoms described above.
It is our social and moral responsibility to be vigilant and accountable to ourselves and each other to do what we can to lower the risk. Being proactive when it IS possible, is always wiser than being reactive.
During this time, I will maintain a private practice however, it will not be from my office, but offered remotely. I can offer audio only through our phones, or what is called "TeleHealth Counselling" over an internet platform. My professional association does not encourage Skype or FaceTime given the lack of online security both of these lack. However, I am familiarizing myself with other platforms that will offer high standards for ensuring privacy, confidentiality and that are encrypted.
Research shows that 'virtual counselling' can be as effective as face to face in office sessions. Most important to consider is that our emotional health is as important as protecting our physical health. The reason for this is that there is a global sense of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. These emotions negatively impact our immune system, which, we need to have functioning optimally to ward off disease. A turbulent mind creates turbulence in the body.
Navigating through this global pandemic is unknown territory for all of us, but support is available in spite of isolation and social distancing. Please consider reaching out to me to ensure that you have the tools you need to manage the ways in which you are being personally impacted by this situation. I am here to support and guide you as best I can.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.