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Staying connected through the COVID-19 crisis

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Research after the SARS pandemic in Hong Kong over 10 years ago, provides evidence of the significance of connection through epidemics.  It found that residents in Hong Kong experienced increased social connectedness, which offset the negative mental health impacts of the pandemic. As connection is so important during this time, here are some tips on staying connected to others during …

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5 Steps to Avoid Domestic Violence Triggers During Coronavirus Lockdown

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By Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC, CEO The COVID-19 lockdown has presented households across the U.S. with an interesting predicament. When’s the last time you spent all of your time with the people you live with? How about never.  When this happens, tensions can run high and minor annoyances that never used to cause arguments between couples are now becoming drawn-out issues. …

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Strategies to cope with social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine

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Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. In addition to the above, we encourage the following; Perspective – try to see this time as unique and different, not necessarily bad, even if it something you didn’t necessarily choose Connection – think of creative …

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April is Counseling Awareness Month

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Counseling Awareness Month was established as an annual event by the American Counseling Association (ACA) in 2002. Both a time of advocacy for the profession and a celebration of the field’s accomplishments, Counseling Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity for professional counselors to reach out to the public and talk about the work they do, the ways they benefit their …

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Wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on a national and  international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus. While it is important to stay informed, the following are some …

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10 Ways to Reduce Screen Time for Your Child

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by Alkesh Patel LPC, CSAC With the current situation, your child may have rapidly rising screen time. However, you can reduce it with a few simple steps. First and foremost, always discuss screen time expectations and intentions with your child based on their age group.  Install the app Screen Time by Screentime Lab. As the #1 parental control app, it allows you to …

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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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This month and throughout the year, Therapeutic Alliance encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Virginia a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and …

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How to look after your mental health while working from home

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As we are practicing social distancing measures, what can we do to look after our own mental health?  We don’t know how long this will last. This is unlike anything most of us have experienced before, and it can feel strange, confusing and overwhelming. A lot of us will be working from home which prevents us from having our usual …

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Coronavirus and Anxiety

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We know that the current state of the world can worsen underlying anxieties that many of us have. This may be particularly difficult for people who already have health anxiety and/or have other conditions. Disruptions to our routine, large or small, can also be hard to manage at a time when we are feeling vulnerable.  Life is always uncertain, and …