Providing professional and accessible services for people is important to me. I'm excited to announce that I am now accepting CareFirst / BCBS insurance. I am considered an "in-network provider" with CareFirst / BCBS for their PPO plans. Unfortunately, that does not mean I'm in-network with their HMO plans. I'm still open to working with people who wish to do private pay (including sliding scale) and seeking out-of-network reimbursement. If all goes well, I might try to expand my insurance acceptance in the future. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss this issue further.
The next presidential election is just about 12 days away, in case you haven't heard. I've seen colleagues sharing some recent articles about the significant levels of stress and anxiety that this election is causing in some people. I believe it because I can see it in those around me and even feel some of its effects myself. This article from the American Psychological Association discusses this topics and gives some helpful tips to reduce stress and anxiety related to this topic.
Remember to take care of yourself. Disconnect from social media and get away from the TV. (However, as I write this in a local DC coffeeshop I can't help but overhear the political conversations going on around me). Go out for a nice walk and enjoy the fall weather. Spend time with friends and family. Try to keep a realistic perspective and avoid thinking about the worst case scenario, no matter who you support. Finally, do what you can to get involved, vote, and allow yourself to feel a sense of control.
I just finished watching the first transgender person address a National Convention for a major political party in the United States. Sarah McBride is the young woman who made history today. Watching her strength and poise as she addressed the crowd and seeing how much crowd embraced her was amazing. No matter your political views, if you have not heard of her, I'd suggest you look her up and learn more about her story. I think we could be hearing much more from her in the future.
After the horrific events of this past weekend, I wanted to share this article that was published by the American Psychological Association. I think it brings up some great ideas about managing distress in these difficult times. I definitely agree with the point about turning things off and taking a break. It's easy to get drawn into the news or articles on social media as it's normal to want answers and information. Take a break and do something positive for yourself and those around you. Most importantly, take care of yourself.
Summer can be a stressful time for people, with a lot of family or social events that feel like obligations. There is also the pressure of "swimsuit season" as people are spending more time outdoors and wearing less clothing. Summer can be the perfect time to address some of these stressors or body image concerns in counseling. I currently have several openings at prime times for the summer. Let me know if you're interested in chatting more about my services and how I might help you.
I'm very excited to roll-out a new website for Kasvu Counseling that will allow me to keep a blog. I intend to use this function and section of my website to share my thoughts and opinions about topics in psychology and current events that might be useful to people visiting my site. If you have thoughts or ideas for me, please contact me through this website. Thanks for visiting! Take care!