New Year – New Start

Amazing new opportunities that come from learning

By Pamela Feldman

We all are a work in progress, never more so than when we intend to make progress.  Beginnings seem to always have an allure of freshness, even in 2021 when there’s more continuation than new.  Yet, we may be poised exactly where we need to be to make positive changes that we might not have thought we needed or have thought about at all a year ago. 

Flexibility helped my shift to telehealth!

For me, this is a time to reflect on what has happened in the past year and how I am dealing with it.  There are some amazing new opportunities that come from learning new things, such as telehealth.  Though not seamless in the transition, there are many ways that telehealth, and technology in general, have expanded my knowledge and given me a new perspective.  

Change comes from need and sometimes from desire.  I personally embrace change, especially if I think I have some control. Sometimes I just need to think that I do.  So, what change are you going to make? Could I make some suggestions?

Keep your body limber!
  1. Journal.  It’s not an assignment and doesn’t need any kind of consistency.  Just sometimes, it’s nice to write about thoughts, dreams, good and bad things.  I like to record things that interest me, like a podcast that was meaningful, a poem I liked, or a song and artist that I want to hear again.
  2. Practice mindfulness.  Take 10 to 20 minutes to meditate, relax with your breathing, listen to meditative music.  Use an app or YouTube video. Stretch, tune in to your senses, smile.
  3. Learn something.  There are virtual tours, master classes, free Coursera classes, and a plethora of ways to stimulate your thinking.  Try something you’ve never done before.
  4. Reach out to someone you have neglected or someone who made a difference in your life, even if it was a long time ago.  A phone call, a note or email may reestablish a connection that enhances your life. 
  5. Give away more than you bring in to your home.  If you are able, make someone else’s life easier while reducing the heaviness of things in your own life. Sharing really is caring.
  6. Move your body.  In whatever way you are able, keep your body moving and limber.  
  7. Believe.  Whatever you embrace spiritually, take some time to get or stay in touch with that powerful force that helps you feel you are not alone, that you are loved and are precious.

This list is entirely incomplete, so feel free to add to it.  Take each day as it comes and do what you can with it. Things may not be all we wish them to be, but we can work to do the best we can with the day we have. I wish you peace in 2021. 

Stress, Pandemics, and Resiliency

Resiliency

From Pam Feldman, LIMHP:

This article from the New York Times helps us to understand how resilience is important in how we deal with adversity.  We face troubling times and it is more important than ever to look for ways to bolster our ability to stay on course and manage through crises.  We have options of how we handle the many challenges that face us.  I hope this article encourages you to find ways to stay positive.

From the NY Times:

“… the tools common to resilient people are optimism (that is also realistic), a moral compass, religious or spiritual beliefs, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and social connectedness. The most resilient among us are people who generally don’t dwell on the negative, who look for opportunities that might exist even in the darkest times. During a quarantine, for example, a resilient person might decide it is a good time to start a meditation practice, take an online course or learn to play guitar.”

Access the full article here

Covid-19 response

Telehealth services – limited face-to-face

As of January 18, 2021, we are starting to see some clients for face-to-face sessions – based on medical necessity (for services that can’t be done via telehealth). It is our hope that we will enter the next phase of our reopening once the number of Covid-19 cases maintain a downward trend, and we are vaccinated.

We made this decision based on our commitment to your safety and continuity of care. The pandemic continues, as we simultaneously wait for vaccinations to become more widely available to area residents. Providing you with telehealth-based services will allow us to continue your treatment, while minimizing exposures that might interrupt your care. We know that this can be disappointing to many people. We encourage you to express your thoughts and feelings with your therapist. This can be an important component of your care.

We’re happy to be able to return to some limited face-to-face office sessions. This will be for those who are participating in medically necessary services – those that cannot be conducted satisfactorily using telehealth services. Examples:

  • Blood pressure measurements or weigh-ins with our Nurse Practitioners.
  • Specialized psychotherapy services for trauma survivors.
  • Specialized psychotherapy services for young children.

As always, talk this over with your therapist, so you can receive the services that are best for you.

Useful resources to explore:

Douglas County Health Department

The Washington Post – Free Access to Coronavirus Pages

Centers for Disease Control – Coronavirus Information

Our Facebook Page – where you’ll find a regularly updated collection of news and posts about coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic


Online video and/or phone sessions are available. Call us at 402-334-1122 for scheduling. For medication refills, please contact your pharmacy.

All of our therapists are able to offer telephone or secure internet sessions. You may want to check with your insurance provider to see if they are covering telephone and/or telehealth sessions. Call your carrier for details.

Alternatives to office visits

All of our therapists are able to offer telephone or secure internet sessions. Some of the staff use a service call Doxy for video telehealth visits. Find more information here. Most of us have developed an interest in a great alternative: Zoom for Healthcare, the HIPAA-compliant version of the video call software almost everyone has been using for family, education, and business.

Instructions for video [internet – telehealth] sessions:

  1. You’ll need a fast internet connection, and a device with a camera and microphone.
  2. Even your smartphone will work in most cases. Tablets, laptops, desktop computers with webcams/mics are better.
  3. If your therapist is using Zoom, you’ll want to download the Zoom app onto your device before your session. It’s free! https://zoom.us/
  4. What browser to use with Doxy.me? iOS users will need to use Safari 11+ exclusively.
    On Android device, or on a computer:  Doxy.me officially supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari 11+, Microsoft Edge (if running Windows 10) and the Samsung mobile browser.
  5. If you have a headset, earbuds, or microphone, that will help. And a private place to talk for about 45 minutes.
  6. Make sure that you have provided us with current phone numbers and email addresses, so we can stay in touch with you.

Some insurance plans allow for phone and/or secure internet sessions, and will reimburse ACP. Call your carrier for clarification. As of June 2020, it’s our understanding that secure video sessions are covered services with BCBS, UBH, Cigna, TriCare, and Medicare. Others may be added later. Also, some carriers have allowed phone sessions to be reimbursed, but some carriers are expecting all of us to switch over to video at some point. Call your carrier, or talk to your therapist.

Additional details here —> how-to and special consent forms.