Mindful Life Therapy LLC

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Email Sent to Clients: March 15th 2020

If you have a session scheduled this week, please respond confirming that you have read this email. Thank you!

After some further reflection, I have decided on a slight change of plans.  Effective Monday, March 16th I will conduct ALL sessions via teletherapy this week, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  

I use teletherapy/phone sessions weekly to accommodate students away at college, those with transportation issues, or those who forget to come in!  It is effective, takes a moment to adjust, but really works fine. 

I suggest finding a private space in your home, sitting in your car is just fine!  I will be in the office so confidentiality is preserved on my end.  

Teletherapy instructions:
1. Inform me you plan to use this platform
2. Make sure your device has a camera, microphone, and web connection.  Mobile phones work fine.
4.  Enter your name and wait for the session to begin.
5. I look forward to connecting with you!  (Note: Chrome is not the best server for this function, for whatever reason... use an alternative)

For the next 30 days, I am waiving my 24 hour cancellation policy.  But request prompt communication if you plan to postpone your session over the next two weeks.  This will help me with planning.  

I may reach out to you individually to reschedule the timing of your session, as I am attempting to balance the needs of my clients and my family (three young energetic children!). 

What is an extenuating circumstance?  You are healthy, distance communication would not work, and we both determine the cost-benefit to an in-person session is worth it.

How can I pay?  I can continue to process the CC on file, I accept Venmo (@Courtney-Elizabeth-9) my settings are on private, you can mail a check to the office, or provide a CC over the phone.

How long will we do this?  I will reassess weekly, but for now, lets assume through March 27th.  I look forward to seeing everyone in person!

Again, if you have a session scheduled this week, please respond confirming that you have read this email. Thank you!

All the best,

Let me leave you with this grounding coping skill, should you need it:

This technique will take you through your five senses to help remind you of the present. This is a calming technique that can help you get through tough or stressful situations.

Take a deep belly breath to begin.

5 - LOOK: Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I see the computer, I see the cup, I see the picture frame.

4 - FEEL: Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I feel my feet warm in my socks, I feel the hair on the back of my neck, or I feel the pillow I am sitting on.

3 - LISTEN: Listen for 3 sounds. It could be the sound of traffic outside, the sound of typing or the sound of your tummy rumbling. Say the three things out loud.

2 - SMELL: Say two things you can smell. If you’re allowed to, it’s okay to move to another spot and sniff something. If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.

1 - TASTE: Say one thing you can taste. It may be the toothpaste from brushing your teeth, or a mint from after lunch. If you can’t taste anything, then say your favorite thing to taste.

Take another deep belly breath to end.

Thank you,

Courtney E. Battista MA, Ed.M, LPC, LCADC, ACS
-Licensed Professional Counselor
-Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
-Approved Clinical Supervisor

1 E. High Street (second floor) Somerville, NJ 08876 

Please note: I am in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

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