COVID-19 Update: I have openings in May for in-person, video or phone sessions. I use a secure online video platform called OnCall Health.
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There comes a time in your life you stop dead in your track. Inside your head cries out…ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying, blaming and struggling to hold on!
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Due to the coronavirus pandemic social distancing measures, therapists are meeting with clients virtually through video chat or by phone. If this is the first time you are engaging in video/phone sessions, you might have questions or concerns. This information can help prepare yourself for virtual or phone sessions.
Video/Phone Session is an Effective Form of Therapy
Numerous research studies, including one published by the World Journal of Psychiatry, suggest that video/phone sessions are at least as effective as in-person therapy. Virtual sessions enable you to receive support in the midst of social distancing and self-quarantine restrictions. You can expect sessions to be as helpful as if the therapist was meeting with you in person.
Video/Phone Session is a Small Adjustment for Most Clients
If you are familiar with video chats or video conferencing (Skype, FaceTime, Google Hang Outs), you will find the adjustment to video/phone counselling relatively easy. If you do not like communicating through a screen, or have never tried it, you might find it challenging. Once you understand how the technology works, you might need some time to get comfortablewith the idea of talking to your therapist virtually. You can explore any discomfort or awkwardness you may feel about this method of communication, your concerns about what will be different duringsessions, and other issues you may have with your therapist.
Most Insurance Will Cover Video/Phone Session During the Pandemic
If you are concerned whether your insurance will cover therapy, double-check with your insurance provider. Video/phone counselling is covered for all clients during the pandemic, regardless of whether your therapist and you live in the same province.
Preparing Logistically for Your Video/Phone Session
• I use the OnCall Health platform which is fee-based and will not require you to upload special software.
• You will need to test system requirements before your sessions to ensure the video platform will work on your computer or devices, including microphone and camera functions.
• Find a place in your home where you have privacy and little interruption. This is especially important for clients with children and/or pets.
• During sessions, I request that you close your email and turn off distracting notifications. Also close programs that slow the computer's processing ability and interfere with the video quality.
The Use of Therapeutic Homework Assignments Between Video/Phone Sessions
• Therapeutic homework assignments are tasks that you will work on between sessions. Homework is considered to be an important component in most evidence-based therapies, and it is a cost-effective way of increasing the impact of treatment. I will email the PDF documents.
• By using the time between sessions, your completion of homework assignments increases time spent engaging in exercises designed to generalize and transfer in session treatment gains. Engaging in skill-building daily tasks allows you to acquire insight – and you are more likely to view yourself as a proactive instead of “passive” recipient of therapy. Adherence to homework assignments might actually increase your sense of mastery, self-efficacy, and optimism about treatment.
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Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think.
The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, you start by changing the way you think. In addition, if you want to change the way you feel, you must start with the way you think.
For instance, you can say, “I need to love my husband more,” but that isn't going to work. You can't fight your way into a feeling. You must change the way you think about your husband, about your kids, about your wife. That will change the way you feel, which will then change the way you act. The Bible says, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23 NLT, second edition).
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The renewal of your mind is related to the word "repentance." I know repentance is a dirty word for a lot of people. They think it means something bad, something they don't really want to do, something painful. They think of a guy standing on a street corner with a sign that says, “Repent! The world's about to end!"
Repentance has nothing to do with your behavior. It is about changing your mind and learning to think differently. “Repent” simply means to make a mental U-turn.
You turn from guilt to forgiveness. You turn from frustration to freedom, from darkness to light, from hatred and bitterness to love.
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Start with your mind, and change the way you think about your relationships, the economy, the world, and your past, present, and future. Changing the way you think will then affect your emotions and your behaviour.
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Most people think they know all the facts when it comes to the topic of emotional wound care – “if someone hurts or bruises my emotions, I’ll just cover them up and I’m ready to go!” Unfortunately, it is not as simple as that. An emotional wound needs the same special treatment as a physical injury, in order to heal most efficiently and minimize the appearance of scars.
So before you cover up the hurt or injury, you need to know the difference between the facts and the misconceptions on emotional wound care.
Mistake #1: An emotional wound heals best when left alone. Time will do the trick.
Fact: Leaving an emotional wound alone actually slows down the healing process and can lead to further emotional infection and distasteful scars. Increased emotional discomfort and pain often produce symptoms such as anger, stress, fatigue, sadness, irritability, moodiness, resentment, bitterness, loneliness, jealousy and insecurity, just to mention a few.
Untreated emotional wounds can cause physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems. They can set off mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and addiction. These wounds can wipe out relationships, lead to job failures, obscure life’s purpose or direction, and ultimately destroy life.
Mistake #2: “Getting even” with the other person is the best way to deal with any emotional injury.
Fact: Getting even with the person who caused the injury may, for a while, release a degree of emotional pain. But in the long run, this action will further inflame your wound. A negative reaction or strategy will create further self-injury. This will only further inflict your wound and make matters worse.
Mistake #3: It is best to let an emotional wound “air out”.
Fact: “Talking out” or “journaling” is the first step in handling an emotional wound. This technique used by itself, without full treatment is, however, as harmful as leaving it alone. Always talking about your pain will not heal the wound. Although you may experience a momentary degree of release, your wound will worsen over time.
The object of proper emotional wound care is to minimize the possibility of infection such as bitterness, resentment, revenge, hatred, hopelessness, rage, depression, fear, addiction, violence, abuse, etc. Emotional infections cause the greatest obstructions to healing.
It is imperative that an emotional wound receives the same treatment as a physical injury, in order to heal most efficiently and minimize the appearance of scars.
Check out my NEW workbook: "Emotional Wound First-Aid Kit" where I teach people the second and final step in treating emotional wounds.
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Because the FIRST AID KIT FOR EMOTIONS has been nonexistent most people don't know how to nurse their emotional wounds. Wounds that don't heal can contaminate every aspect of your life. Open wounds affect how you view the world, how you relate to others and how you conduct your life in general.
In Emotional Wound First-Aid Kit, John Schurmann offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective. He defines the causes of emotional wounds, and what you can do to repair, heal and maintain optimal health. Using real-life examples of transformed lives and drawing on 30 years of professional experience, Schurmann explains how to:
Assess the seriousness of an emotional injury,
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….and live your life like you always wanted!
Furthermore, the kit provides the central self-care skills to help you develop a healthy, vibrant and resilient mind, heart and spirit. Moreover, it can be used to develop your own self-help program or as an adjunct to therapy.
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