The new home dynamic has completely changed over the course of a few days due to COVID-19. The concept of villages raising children (i.e. through school and extra-curricular activities) has been swapped for single unit care. Parents used to kid-free time during work, or while the kids are at school and activities, no longer have that alone time luxury. Now, your kids are with you 24/7, and many parents are struggling to adapt. Here are a few things you can do to help both you and your kids adapt and cope with this new normal.
We are living in interesting times. It seems as though over a weekend our lives have completely changed. And just as suddenly, we have had to adapt as a community for the greater good. Social distancing has been recommended globally as a means of “flattening the curve”. It’s one of the best ways to stop the rapid spread of Covid-19. Not to mention, keep our hospitals and health care systems stable. But with social distancing can come feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, especially when you’re alone allowing your thoughts to ruminate. Here are some of our favorite ways we’re staying sane during social distancing.
As our priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our clients, we are officially closing our office, Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice. We have made this decision with heavy hearts as we feel this is the socially responsible response to the Covid-19 outbreak as a means to protect each other during this uncertain time.
In the time being until we can reopen fully here is our approach:
The world is in a state, to say the least. It’s full of anxiety and fear. It feels chaotic and overwhelming. As soon as we seem to have a grip on things, things change again. For some, it feels…well…a little hopeless. But there’s a group of us holding strong in hope – who can see peace amidst the storm. There is one thing these people have in common, and that’s the ability to choose positivity when they can easily choose negativity. But how can you choose to see the bright side? How can you be so positive when the world feels so negative? We’re so glad you asked…
Here at CP&A, we strive to provide a safe environment for all. We ask that everyone be aware that many clinicians and patients at this practice may have a compromised immune system, are elderly, pregnant or with young children. We respectfully ask that if you or someone you have contact with shows signs of a contagious illness, please do your part in containing these viruses.
While the concept of therapy and counseling is becoming more mainstream in recent years, there is still a negative stigma surrounding it. This is why as a parent, contemplating the idea that your child may need therapy can feel overwhelming. These decisions aren’t easy, especially when you need to make them for your child. But do the benefits of the skills learned outweigh the negative stigma? Should you actually take your kids out of school to go to therapy?
Consider the last time you vented frustrations to a friend, family member, or significant other. How did they react? Did they say things like, “Give it time and it will seem insignificant”, or “It’s not that big of a deal”? If so, how did that make you feel in return? Not exactly the greatest right? Now think about if they had answered in a way that confirmed those unpleasant emotions. “That must feel disappointing, I would be upset too” or “Wow, I don’t blame you at all for feeling the way you do”. It is just as important to validate our unpleasant emotions as it is the positive ones. That’s why today we want to dive into the concept of validation and how powerful and liberating it can be.
I am sure you have heard about the trend in coloring books and doodling. You can go to your local bookstore, grocery store, and even toy store to find intricate and detailed coloring books. While those coloring books are beautiful and lovely (I have a few myself), they are not art therapy. Yes – even if some of those coloring books say “Art Therapy.” Art activities like coloring, making slime, worry dolls, calm jars and even crafting can be used in therapy sessions, but we call those experiences art as therapy. Art therapy is different.
Valentine’s Day was only a week ago. And we’re sure that there was some disappointment out there in regard to meeting expectations. Before you throw your significant other in the emotional doghouse, take a moment to reflect upon your communication. If you were expecting something big and romantic, did you tell your partner that that’s what you wanted? Instead of gifts, give your partner what they really want, better communication!
Have you ever been told your “too emotional?” Maybe it’s been pointed out that you cry too much or can get overly moody. Have comments like that caused you to try to repress and hold in your emotions as much as possible? Today we want to talk about a type of therapy that puts your emotions front and center. Emotion-focused therapy is a modality of healing that aims to remove shame from emotions as it’s believed emotions hold the key to both identity and choice. Let’s feel our feels and dive in a little deeper into this type of therapy treatment.