COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation Protocol
All of us have access to various accurate news sources (e.g., the CDC, the WHO, etc.), and so just a few words on this subject:
Through the end of this year (or, at least until infection numbers go way, way down), I am offering an option of video-based couples therapy/marriage counseling/premarital counseling via an easy-to-use, HIPAA-compliant platform called Doxy.me. As of late-summer, my office mates and I, together with the building engineer, are developing plans to increase the air filtration system both in the building as a whole (improving its MERV-rated filters, and so on) and in the individual offices by way of additional, stand-alone HEPA filter units. As always, we will continue have hand sanitizer available to you in all offices of the suite as well as on each floor near the elevators. For my part, when it is safer to meet in person, I will be sterilizing all touch surfaces--door and water cooler handles, chair arms, bathroom keys, etc.--every two hours when I'm in the office. And finally, I will have ample space between chairs, and time between sessions, for everyone's protection. Please know that I am open to any additional suggestions you might have, going forward.
Anxiety Management Therapy in Washington, DC
Anxiety describes feelings of nervousness, self-doubt, and apprehension that may, or may not, be caused by real-life stressors. (In some cases, anxiety certainly can become its own stressor.) Anxiety is a common feeling that most people experience at some point in their lives, but when feelings of worry and panic are recurring, overwhelming, and uncontrollable, anxiety may leave a person severely incapacitated.
How does anxiety therapy work?
There are many symptoms of anxiety; some are obvious, while others are more suppressed. The ultimate goal of anxiety management is to allow the patient to feel more relaxed in situations where they would usually feel overwhelmed or panicked by getting to the underlying thoughts and emotions.
Anxiety management therapy helps patients struggling with anxiety to identify their stressors and establish coping mechanisms for mitigating the symptoms, at least as the first order of business. The next and equally important task has us getting to the underlying root causes of the anxiety, so that the treatment can allow for long-lasting (in some cases permanent) changes in one’s relationships to self and others. This fundamental change paves the way to a more emotionally flexible life.
Through weekly therapy sessions (or as often as necessary in the very beginning), patients suffering with anxiety can learn to live their everyday lives in a more relaxed state of mind. This effective approach offers gives you an honest and accurate view of yourself, as well as a means to develop new ways of engaging with yourself and others.
Anxiety Therapy in DC
Residents of Washington DC and the surrounding areas are subject to many stressors that can cause anxiety. It can be difffiuclt to relax when there is bumper to bumper traffic at all hours of the day, and the hustle and bustle of the city can be overwhelming. Part of anxiety management therapy is learning how to cope with and manage these every-day stressors.
Anger Management in DC
Many stressors result from living in the bustling DC area, and these can spark considerable anger in individuals. If it seems like a real struggle to tame this anger, then it may be appropriate to use the services of a psychotherapist or professional counselor. The main goal of anger management counseling is to help the patient recognize in a new way what makes him or her angry, and teach how to get to a better, more constructive response to these triggers as quickly as possible. As an experienced psychotherapist, I work with my patients to reveal the sources of the anger, manage these triggers effectively through awareness and insight, shore up these gains through tailored relaxation techniques, and then, when necessary, learn how to adopt and integrate healthy forms of self-assertion, rather than aggression. To learn if I might be a good fit as your anger management therapist, don’t hesitate to contact me today.