As of September 1, 2020, we are able to reopen our offices for limited in-person services. However, most clinicians will only continue providing care through telehealth services. Please contact your clinician to discuss whether in-office services are an option for you.
If you do come to the office, we ask that you help us by:
Adhering to social distancing cues and reading all posted signs and policies
Letting us know if you have had any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden onset of fatigue, or the sudden loss of smell or taste)
Taking your temperature on the morning of your appointment
If there is a resurgence of the pandemic or if other health concerns arise, we may need to fully close our offices again. At that time, we will continue to provide services through telephone and videoconference. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility and will continue to keep you informed of any information related to your care.
We hope that you and your families continue to stay well.
As a result of the pandemic and New Hampshire's State of Emergency, our office has closed as of Thursday, March 26, 2020.
This is a stressful, uncertain time for all of us. The novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic has created a situation that none of us has experienced before. Although most people are not at risk for severe medical complications, the public health crisis is requiring many changes. Changes range from simple and small things, like frequent hand washing, to more complicated, far-reaching changes like school and day-care closings, working remotely from home, social distancing, self- quarantining, and minimizing activities involving contact with others.
We look forward to an eventual return to normalcy. In the meanwhile, we hope you stay safe and well.
Phrases to Build Resilience this Holiday Season*
This year's holiday season is sure to be unique, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing! Use the phrases below to help you and your family reframe all the changes and see the good that this year can still bring!
1. ”What can we do to make this year special?”
Unearth an old favorite tradition that is still doable or consider an activity that has always sounded like fun.
2. "When I'm sad, it can help me to…”
Help identify feelings and define ways of developing self-calming skills that will last a lifetime.
3. "What if instead of doing that, we try…”
Get creative and find ways to replace or revamp activities to achieve the outcomes of traditions.
4. "You know what we can finally do this year?”
This is the year to build in those activities you never could quite fit in due to scheduling demands around the holidays.
5. "Because it will be different this year, I have a very special job for you…”
Invite your child to become a special helper.
6. "Let's think of one way our family is lucky this year.”
Use this year as a chance to appreciate all you still have and make a conscious effort to help your children appreciate it, too.
7. "What is something we can do to help another family?”
Think of something you can do together to make this holiday special for someone else.
8. "Those traditions all started with someone doing it once. Let's start a new tradition this year!”
Traditions all had to start somewhere; this is a great chance to start something new.
9. "Let's make a list of things we'll do when we can.”
Sometimes it's easier to hear "not now" instead of just "no," ; making a list of things to look forward to can help remind us that fun things will eventually happen again.
10. "I know it's frustrating that we can’t…”
It's okay to just empathize and acknowledge that this year hasn't been fair! Knowing people care and respect feelings is just as important as reframing disappointing thoughts and experiences.
Many of our normal routines have been disrupted, creating a challenge for everyone. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind as we all try to cope, adapted from Partners In Health:
1. Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing: USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
2. Put a schedule in place at home, 7 days a week – don’t go overboard, but make sure there are structured activities and blocks of time. Keep the usual structures intact where you can, particularly for children. Example: if dinnertime for the family is at 6:00PM and bedtime for your children is 8:00PM, keep those as is.
3. Exercise and physical activity are important: each day, take a walk or a run, or join an on-line exercise or yoga class.
4. Continue learning and intellectual engagement. Many school systems and universities are providing remote learning for their students. But for non-students, try books and reading, documentaries, on-line courses and even music lessons.
5. Create positive family time and activities: for instance, set aside time for play and family games, baking and cooking, creative activities like making art or music.
6. Don’t isolate (unless medically necessary), but set aside alone time, outside if possible.
7. Remember the things you enjoy doing that you can do in this situation, and find a way to do them.
8. Limit exposure to screens: define times where it is ok, and times when it is not.
9. Remember that humor helps!
10. Things will get back to mostly normal eventually. The world is not collapsing.