CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE
Beginning Tuesday, May 26th we'll be offering in-person, online (video), and phone counseling options to our clients. We are committed to making counseling services available according to the preferences of our clients and in accordance with State of Georgia Guidelines for organizations such as ourselves. Below is a good description of what can be expected for those who choose to come into our office.
IN PERSON COUNSELING
We ask those who meet the below criteria stay home and utilize our video or phone options:
Persons who have exhibited signs of illness (fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, or shortness of breath).
Persons diagnosed with COVID-19, or have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days.
Persons who have traveled out of the country within the past fourteen (14) days.
Upon arrival at our office, you can expect the following:
We will ask you a set of health related questions.
We will take your temperature with a touchless thermometer.
We will ask you to use hand sanitizer (which we will provide) before proceeding to our counseling offices.
We will open, hold, and close all doors for you.
We will not engage in any physical contact (handshakes, fist bumps, etc.)
Daily Cleaning Measures:
All touchable surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day including, but not limited to: door knobs, light switches, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and furniture (both in the lobby and individual offices).
VIDEO / PHONE COUNSELING:
We're providing online (video) and phone counseling sessions at this time. If you’d like to meet remotely, just let us know by calling the office at 678-765-9291 before your next session.
Video sessions are an effective method to begin or continue serving you in your time of need. We have a simple, easy to use video platform that requires little to no technical skills.
Compatible devices include the following:
Windows and Apple laptops, desktops, and tablets.
Apple and Android phones.
All devices must have a camera.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
If you are feeling scared or anxious, take a breath. One simple technique is called square breathing. Visualize your breath traveling along a square. As you follow the instructions to inhale, hold your breath, or exhale, count slowly to three on each side. Try it now. Inhale up the first side of the square. Slowly count one, two, three. Hold your breath across the top. One, two, three. Exhale down the other side of the square. One, two, three. Then hold your breath across the bottom. One, two, three. After a few minutes of this you should be feeling calmer and more centered.
If you are feeling flooded or panicked, try to notice the environment around you. Here’s an exercise to try: 5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, anything in your surroundings. 4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet. 3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. This could be any external sound. If you can hear your belly rumbling that counts! Focus on things you can hear outside of your body. 2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Maybe you are in your office and smell pencil, or maybe you are in your bedroom and smell a pillow. If you need to take a brief walk to find a scent you could smell soap in your bathroom, or nature outside. 1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like—gum, coffee, or the sandwich from lunch?
And finally, if you are feeling scared or worried, do something else. Move your body: go for a walk, run or bike ride or do some exercise at home. Find something creative to do: color, knit, or cook something in the kitchen. Start a new project: start seeds, organize a drawer or cabinet, or call a friend. Remind yourself of what you can do rather than focusing on what we don’t know or can’t control.
SCRIPTURE FOR PEACE
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:19