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Darya McClure LAMFT

Darya McClure LAMFT

Winds of Change Counseling

Dear Winds of Change Counseling Clients,

The health and well-being of our clients and staff is our top priority. Rest assured we are closely monitoring the outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID-19.) We are utilizing the guidelines and directions of the Arizona Department of Health, the Maricopa County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to guide and inform us through this process. We rely on the expertise of these agencies on issues related to public health. We will continue to monitor this matter closely and will react as appropriate. While risk is low for many of us, everything we do to care for ourselves and our family will help the community at large.

What we are doing:
  • We want to be clear that if you are in good health, we will be continuing in-person sessions. Should we need to adjust, we will adjust.

  • We are following the overarching health advice of rampant hand-washing and have increased the frequency of cleaning/sanitizing our therapy offices and common areas.

  • Cancellations: Per our practice’s informed consent, there is currently a same-day cancellation fee applied. During this time, to provide additional flexibility to clients, we are waiving all same-day cancellation fees. Therefore, if you begin to experience symptoms per CDC recommendations, there is not undue pressure to attend a session to avoid a fee charged to your account. The policy will revert back to current consent terms upon the lift in CDC recommendations. No call/no show appointments are still subject to the fee, however.

  • We will be offering telehealth through Doxy.me (if you don’t know, this is a HIPAA compliant Skype or FaceTime) to anyone who is ill or who simply feels more comfortable with this level of social distance. If you’d like to meet via Doxy.me, please contact us so we can discuss the option in more detail.

  • In the event I become ill, all in-person sessions will be cancelled and more information will be provided about continuing services via Telehealth, halting temporarily, or referrals to another provider, as best meets client needs.

What you can do:
  • Before we meet, please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

  • Please do not attend session if sick. If you are feeling unwell and have travelled in the last 14-21 days to an affected area, or have a friend or family member who may have been exposed to Covid-19, please refrain from attending in-person sessions and opt for Telehealth sessions.


Telehealth Q and A

What equipment do I need?

To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you will need one of the following devices:
Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM
OR
Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM
OR
Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers,
OR
Smartphone with at least iOS 10 or Android 6.0

You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.

How should I prepare my space for a Telehealth appointment?

Identify a suitable room that is quiet, private, and free of distractions. To keep background noise to a minimum, make sure to close any doors, shut windows, turn off the television, and keep loud pets in another room if possible. Consider hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door to avoid interruptions.

Is Telehealth private?
Just like a face-to-face appointment, your Telehealth visit will be private and confidential.

Will the appointments be recorded?
None of our appointments will ever be recorded or stored.

  • If you are feeling scared or anxious, take a breath. One simple technique is called square breathing. Visualize your breath traveling along a square. As you follow the instructions to inhale, hold your breath, or exhale, count slowly to three on each side. Try it now. Inhale up the first side of the square. Slowly count one, two, three. Hold your breath across the top. One, two, three. Exhale down the other side of the square. One, two, three. Then hold your breath across the bottom. One, two, three. After a few minutes of this you should be feeling calmer and more centered.

  • If you are feeling flooded or panicked, try to notice the environment around you. Here’s an exercise to try:
    5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, anything in your surroundings.
    4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet.
    3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. This could be any external sound. If you can hear your belly rumbling that counts! Focus on things you can hear outside of your body.
    2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Maybe you are in your office and smell pencil, or maybe you are in your bedroom and smell a pillow. If you need to take a brief walk to find a scent you could smell soap in your bathroom, or nature outside.
    1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like—gum, coffee, or the sandwich from lunch?

  • And finally, if you are feeling scared or worried, do something else. Move your body: go for a walk, run or bike ride or do some exercise at home. Find something creative to do: color, knit, or cook something in the kitchen. Start a new project: start seeds, organize a drawer or cabinet, or call a friend. Remind yourself of what you can do rather than focusing on what we don’t know or can’t control.

We are here to support you and we will get through this!

Winds of Change Counseling
Darya@WindsOfChangeCounseling.com
480-500-9072

Helpful Websites:

AZ Dept of Health: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

Maricopa County Public Health: https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Novel-Coronavirus

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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