Even during the best of times life is full of stressors and challenges. It is difficult dealing with the competing demands of work, finances, relationships, kids, parents, and trying to do a little something for yourself. Nearly 20% of American’s will be faced with a clinical depression or anxiety disorder at sometime in their lives. It may be triggered by a major life stressor such as moving, a divorce, loss of a loved one, or job loss. For others it is just the cumulative impact of unrelenting stressors that wear any person down. At some point in our lives most of us have been faced with the need for some additional support, guidance, and counsel. Historically, this has been readily available and at our disposal with local psychologists and psychiatrists.

In addition to the normal stressors of everyday life, we have all had our lives turned upside down by this global pandemic. Since the last pandemic occurred over 100 years ago, none of us has any frame of reference or experience to draw upon in coping with this. While trying to juggle all the normal stressors, we have all been scrambling to adjust and cope with trying to ensure our basic safety and physical wellbeing. The weeks are dragging on and for most of us our mental and emotional reserves are running low. Where many of us could use the help of a good therapist and psychiatrist, we may be unsure about the accessibility of those resources.

COVID-19 Counseling Services

As healthcare providers, psychologists and psychiatrists are all deemed essential and are able to work and provide care. Although some clinics have closed their doors, there are many like I.P.C. that have remained open during the crisis to continue offering services. Even those that may not be providing services in person, most providers are available via telehealth services. Teletherapy and telepsychiatry allow clients to receive services without having to put themselves at risk by going out.

Telehealth is a great option for older clients who are at greater risk and those who have pre-existing medical conditions which put them at higher risk. Telehealth allows most clients to take a break from work and kids to have a session and get the support and care they need with minimal interruption to their day. Some clients are concerned about whether their insurance will cover such services, but nearly every insurance carrier has lifted any restrictions during this time so that people can get the help they need. Technology can feel like another barrier for some, but most telehealth platforms are easy to download and easy to use. Some vendors, like the one used at I.P.C. even has support to help walk you through the set up and use on your personal device so that you can have your session with your provider.

Don’t neglect your mental health needs. These issues usually get worse not better when they are left untreated. If you would like to meet face to face, or via telehealth, with one of our psychologists or psychiatrists about treatment options, please call us now at 763-416-4167, or request an appointment on our website: WWW.IPC-MN.COM so we can sit down with you and complete thorough assessment and help you develop a plan of action that will work for you. Life is too short to be unhappy. Find the peace of mind you deserve.

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