Letter to Inform of Absolute Happiness Psychotherapy and Consultation, PLLC Response to COVID-19
Dear Clients, Prospective Clients, and Friends of AHPC,
We acknowledge that these are strange and trying times with schools and public spaces we all rely on being closed, Holiday traditions and Sporting pastimes forgone, and the practices of curfews and social distancing. Though these recommendations seem to be for two weeks to a month, it is highly likely that this situation will last longer, and we do not yet understand what the end of this ordeal will look like.
For these reasons all social events held by AHPC are cancelled until further notice. This includes all in person clinical group services and Laughter Yoga services.
Individual therapy services will continue for current and new AHPC clients using the SimplePractice portal we are already using. It is simple to use and there are no additional passwords required to log in to a Telehealth appointment. Once you inform me that you wish to use Telehealth for the session, I will generate an email confirmation and you simply click the link in your email. There is also a Telehealth by Simple Practice app which can be found in your app store or at
Simple Practice for IOS:
I will continue to offer in-person sessions to those who face significant barriers to Telehealth and need them. In the event that I become ill or the recommendations change necessitating a 100% move to Telehealth, I will inform you of the need to switch the in-person appointment to a Telehealth appointment or to cancel/reschedule it, whichever you wish.
According to the CDC, the following symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor and Do Not come in for your appointment. If you wish, you may keep your appointment with me by engaging in Telehealth.
The late cancellation fee policy is relaxed during this time; however, the no-show policy remains in effect. Please be sure to make contact with me via, text, email, secure message, or other reliable means to cancel or inform me of preference to engage in Telehealth.
What I am doing to protect you on the premises:
Ensuring there are 6 feet between us
Washing my hands between clients
Using sanitizing spray/wipes on touched surfaces between clients
Using sanitizing spray/wipes on common areas (waiting room) at the beginning and end of each day
What we all can do:
Wash your hands with soap frequently
Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Stay home when you are sick and engage in medical care
All AHPC clients will receive a Telehealth consent form to esign through the portal. Please review this thoroughly and contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the consent form or anything else.
The CDC recommends the following distress management advice:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
Other activities to manage your distress are:
Exercise: Physical activity can boost your immune system, help you feel good about yourself, increase your energy levels, alleviate stress, and help with sleep.
Meditate: Find some time every day to do a bit of meditation. It helps you feel grounded and present.
Be informed: Uncertainty or misinformation can increase worry and cause panic. You can stay informed through official, fact-checked channels (e.g. CDC website or World Health Organization website).
Pay attention to some positive news: Despite this difficult time, there is often some positive information in daily news. Decide whether the degree of your worry is consistent with reliable information (e.g.: incidence rate, death rate, current advancement of medicine etc.)
But limit the information: Sometimes, too much information leads to overload and more stress. So please try to limit your exposure (such as <1 hour/day), and make sure your information sources are reliable. Avoid reading information on the topic before going to bed - this can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
Think positively: Recall how you and your loved ones survived past hardships and crisis. Remind yourself that things are temporary and the current situation will pass. Please remember that no matter what happens in the future, you and your loved ones are striving to live day-by-day in the present. Change your perspective - consider the current time as an opportunity to show more care to yourself and your loved ones.
Share your thoughts/feelings with others (in moderation): Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help alleviate stress. Others might share similar feelings and help you feel less alone.
Check in with your loved ones (in moderation): If you are worried about your loved ones, please reach out to them when you feel comfortable and lend a listening ear. Loved ones are often concerned about us and we may think they are trying to protect us by not being fully truthful; try not to jump to conclusions about their health and well-being, and please understand that we cannot always control others’ behaviors or change their beliefs.
Learn to say “no”: Although sharing can be helpful, sometimes it is also important to say “no” when you are not comfortable with sharing or engaging in conversations on the topic. Just make sure you set your boundaries respectfully or leave conversations in an appropriate way.
Engage in conversations and activities unrelated to the outbreak and allow yourself to have some fun: There is still life outside of the current crisis. Reading news and engaging in activities unrelated to the current outbreak is okay - it doesn’t mean that you don’t care or aren’t concerned.
Do some relaxation: Make sure to plan some relaxation or activities you enjoy into your daily schedule, such as deep breathing, spending time with friends, coloring, listening to music, taking a shower, taking a walk, etc.
Let it out: Sometimes expressing your emotions can be helpful - try journaling or keeping a voice diary, or let yourself be upset for a while
You can find information about COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
You can also contact the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 staffed 24 hours/day, every day of the year for additional support