How’s Your Heart?
Rates of stress and anxiety are on the rise due to coronavirus. People are facing new challenges including isolation from loved ones, financial crises, and parenting difficulties. Experts suggest reflecting on your mental health by:
- Checking in with loved ones
- Asking for help when you feel overwhelmed
- Seeking out supportive communities
Some of St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center Licensed Mental Health Counselors are now offering teletherapy sessions for anyone age five and older. (In-person appointments can be made for children under the age of five.) Talking to a counselor can help you cope with stress and anxiety and remind you that you are not alone. Taking care of your own mental health will also enable you to better care for your loved ones.
One of St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center Counselors, Renee Bronson, MA, NBCC, LMHC, DCE says, “It is important to remember that your kids are struggling too. Kids are very perceptive and pick up on the stress that parents are feeling.” Bronson has seen a steady stream of new clients thanks in part to her extensive experience working with children.
People are Resilient
Dr. Joanne MacPherson, who founded the Community Counseling Center in 2000, says, “During this unique time we are working to meet the needs of our community. Talking to a counselor is one of the best things you can do for yourself right now.” No matter how scary things get, people are resilient and will find ways to adapt. Don’t let anything prevent you from reaching out, whether it be fear of judgement or financial concerns. We will all weather this crisis together, so seek help when you need it.
For more information about St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center (located at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32819) or to schedule an appointment call 407.876.8237 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or visit st.lukes.org/counseling.