Corona Virus Policy
Currently, Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy is only providing telehealth. This is provided through a HIPPAA compliant platform that is very safe and easy to use. Your health and the health of the staff of Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy is of the utmost importance. We will post an update when we are ready to return to the office but until then teletherapy is a wonderful option!
When we are ready to return to in person sessions in the office this policy will go back into effect:
- Cancellation Policy. Effective immediately, if you wake up in the morning of a scheduled in-person appointment with any cold-like symptoms, of course let me know, and I would ask that you not come to my office. I will offer a video session with you. (Informed consent will be needed and is attached) (Please check with your insurance provider to see if tele-health is covered. We can then discuss options) If you wake up in the morning and feel too ill to have a video session, I will waive your cancellation fee. Please use your best judgment to determine the extent of your illness. I do reserve the right to send you home if you appear to be physically under the weather when you arrive at the office.
- The information we have gotten that does seem credible states that there is an incubation period with this virus, so there really is no way to completely eliminate exposure risk. If you do know that you have come into contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus or if you have traveled to areas that have been severely affected but do not have symptoms yourself, I urge you to still follow CDC guidelines of self-quarantine, because it is, in the end, about the community you live in and the most vulnerable among us. As our government changes recommendations this stipulation may be subject to change.
Please know I am here to hear you, and to keep space for you. I hope that you can recognize these steps as a necessary measure to meet that goal, and not an indication of my panic. I am also doing everything in my power to minimize my risk of exposure and sanitize my office as much as I can between sessions and throughout the day. I sanitize my hands between every session. I will continue to operate with my usual office hours at this time. I will, however, practice with the same guidelines I have laid out above, for myself, as we are all in this together.
Here Are Some Ways We Can Stay Grounded:
1. Take a break from the news.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by concerns about coronavirus, consider monitoring and potentially limiting the amount of media you consume.
2. Talk to someone.
It may feel tempting to cut off communication with others when you’re feeling anxious but talking to someone about these emotions can be very helpful.
3. Try to be present in the moment.
If your mind is starting to wander into scary territory, try focusing on your immediate environment and mentally take stock of the things and people around you. That can help you stay grounded and keep things in perspective.
4. Remind yourself what you can control.
But while the actions of world governments and fellow citizens are out of your control, you do have power over yourself. Wash your hands.
5. Practice gratitude.
If you’re ever feeling dark, identifying and giving thanks for the points of brightness in your life can help you get out of this headspace. Consider making a mental list of the things you’re grateful for or keeping a gratitude journal.
6. Reach out for help.
It’s natural to experience anxiety and other emotional struggles amid a global health crisis. If the feelings worsen or continue, it is important to seek professional help.
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What Does The CDC Say:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Or, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact, especially with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community of 6 ft.
Take steps to protect others. Stay home if you’re sick. Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Wear a facemask when in public
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.