What we have experienced is a shock to the system, and this can leave us feeling too much (hypervigilance; we are constantly on edge) or too little (dissociation; we lose track of the current moment. We are here in the present moment in body but not in mind).
In response to this shock, we need to feel safe and grounded in the present moment. To help you do this, here is a brief exercise called the Four Elements.
It is essential that you practice self-care, and I have written about that in a separate post.
At home you can look after your mental health by attending therapy sessions online via a confidential portal (this is called 'teletherapy'). You can choose to conduct these via video or audio-only. You can also book this online here.
Please contact me if you need to ask any questions, even if it is simply to get a meditation exercise, tips to reduce some of the inevitable stress and anxiety, or if you need a quick chat.
We are in this together.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, we are only offering sessions online. Our registered office is 235 Orchard Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Until the health crisis, we were offering sessions at the following address: 162 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. We will continue to monitor the health crisis to review whether to recommence in-person sessions: Telephone: +1-201-779-6917 Appointments are available Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Providing inclusive counseling and psychotherapy for the whole of New Jersey