The Samaritan Counseling Center is committed to protecting you, our employees, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing new and existing Clients through telehealth and phone communication.
The Samaritan Counseling Center is committed to protecting you, our employees, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing new and existing Clients through telehealth and phone communication.

COVID-19

The health and safety of our clients and staff is our number one concern. At this time the Center is NOT cancelling appointments or closing its office. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation including monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Alabama Department of Health guidelines. Note: In order to manage better the constantly changing situation, the Center is suspending new intakes until April 1, 2020.

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) we ask our clients to abide by the following:

• If you are ill, please call The Center at (334)-262-7787 to cancel your appointment. All late cancellation fees will be waived. We ask that you do not return to therapy until you are symptom-free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication. If the client is a minor, this also applies to the person bringing them to therapy.

• If the client or anyone in their household, has traveled outside of the country in the last 21 days, we ask that you please cancel all appointments for the remaining days of the 14- day self-quarantine window.

• For the welfare of our clients, their guests and our staff, at this time, we request that all guests of clients refrain from entering the office, unless you are the parent or guardian of a minor child.

• Please maintain appropriate “social distancing” in the reception area. The Center has staggered appointment times to relieve crowding in the reception area.

The Center will provide updates through its Facebook, Life@Samaritan e-newsletter, and website www.tsccenter.org.

Current Center Clients: Several insurance companies are responding to the crisis by covering telephone and/or telehealth/videotherapy sessions. Contact The Center for more information (334) 262-7787.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to ensure the safety of all!

Managing Fears and Anxiety Around Coronavirus

Although Coronavirus is a health issue that is being taken very seriously by public health authorities worldwide, we should not let our worry about the virus control our daily life. Constant media attention of its impact globally and fear of the unknown impact nationally and personally can lead to an increase of stress and anxiety. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The Center has compiled some resources to help you and your family improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

RESOURCES

Alabama Department of Public Health
http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/news/

COVID-19 Manage Anxiety and Stress
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Reducing Stigma
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of covonavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/reducing-stigma.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Frelated-stigma.html.

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Coronavirus, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress and know when to get help.
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
When children and youth watch news on TV about an infectious disease outbreak, read about it in the news, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious—as much as adults. Young people react to anxiety and stress differently than adults. Some may react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later.
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4886.pdf

Taking Care of Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Breakout
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officials may require the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. This tip sheet provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

What You Can Do to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Attribution to Cathy Murphy, Summit Counseling Center, Roswell, GA (a sister center to Samaritan Counseling Center).

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