Meet our Austin Therapists
Are you ready for counseling? Do you live in Austin or the State of Texas? Do not let COVID-19 stop you from getting the help that you need, Seeds of Change Counseling is happy to provide online video counseling to all Texas residents during this time and Austin therapy online as well. At Seeds of Change Counseling in Austin, Texas we pride ourselves on being client focused, tailoring treatment to your needs, our Austin therapy office strives to create a warm, welcoming environmanet. Do not suffer alone, call us today to schedule a free phone consultation at 512-676-5813.
In this article we sit down with Jennifer Moore, MS, LPC, NCC founder of Seeds of Change Counseling for a casual conversation.
What do you love about counseling?
Helping my clients! My clients are incredibly resilient and strong, plus I enjoy getting to know them and being with them along the journey to the growth that they desire. I believe that all clients have the change that they are seeking within them and that a warm, safe, nonjudgmental environment is what they need to process and explore. I try to create that environment in my office (even the virtual one!). Counseling personally changed my life when I was going through a dark season, and I believe it can change anyone's life!
What do you say to a potential client who wants help but is anxious about therapy?
I have been in your shoes and still get nervous before beginning therapy with a new counselor! Know that it is completely normal to feel anxious about building a professional relationship with someone and sharing some of your deepest and scariest feelings. Try to keep in mind how wonderful it will feel to release some of the burden that you are carrying around and that you will be talking to a professional and objective person who will help you get to healing and change. I think Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood said it best, "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we’re not alone."
What are your thoughts about mental health during COVID-19?
Studies have shown that anxiety and depression is on the rise during this time. It is important, now more than ever, to make sure that you are connected to those you care about most. I view "social distancing" as a misnomer, it should be called "physical distancing" because we need social connection more than ever. Stay safe within the guidelines of your local and state government officials but make sure that you are seeking ways to maintain connection with others within those parameters. Technology also means that you do not need to suffer alone, most counselors are offering online video or phone therapy, including us here at Seeds of Change.
What are you looking forward to at Seeds of Change Counseling?
Right now we are midst of bringing a new specialty to the Austin therapy office to further support our clients who have been through trauma in their lives. We are working towards offering Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocess (EMDR) therapy to our clients in the Fall of 2020. This will enable us to service our clients and help alleviate the symptoms and distress that they experience connected to difficult and traumatic events that occurred in their lives. Stay tuned!
Besides counseling what do you enjoy?
I love to travel, and I miss it so much now during the coronavirus! I am a beach lover - hearing the ocean waves, feeling the sand between my toes, and feeling that fresh breeze on my face is my safe, relaxing place. Since I love the beach so much, I am typically dragging my husband to a new one somewhere in the Caribbean to relax and recharge. Besides traveling, I enjoy spending time with my family. We live in Austin, have a son in college, and 2 dogs. Right now with the pandemic going on, you can find us walking our dogs, trying to enjoy nature as much as we can within the confines of the safety guidelines.
Jennifer Moore, MS, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas and sees clients at Seeds of Change Counseling online and in Austin, Texas. Do not suffer alone, call us today to schedule a free phone consultation at 512-676-5813.
You cannot escape it, every time you turn on the news or look at your social media feed there it is: more news about COVID-19. Maybe you started feeling a bit less anxious about the pandemic, but now it appears that cases are skyrocketing again. and that anxiety is setting in even more now.
First of all, know that you are not alone and that it is completely ok to feel anxious! The American Psychiatric Association recently released a poll indicating that "nearly four in ten Americans (40%) are anxious about becoming seriously ill or dying from coronavirus, but far more Americans (62%) are anxious about the possibility of family and loved ones getting coronavirus." This is an unprecedented time and there is a lot of unknown when it comes to COVID-19, so it is to be expected that you will feel some anxiety as a result. After all, we are likely living during a once in a lifetime event! In this article, we will cover some techniques that you can use to cope with and manage how you are feeling.
1. Limit media including the news and social media
We live in the information age where information is constantly bombarding us whether we want to digest it or not. Limiting your access to this media is especially important if you struggled with anxiety and worry prior to the start of the pandemic. A good tip is to schedule the amount of time you are spending consuming media for the day or the week. Regularly check in with yourself after media consumption, compare how you felt prior to reading or watching to how you feel afterwards. If you experience an increase in anxiety, reevaluate your schedule and try exposing yourself to less media going forward.
2. Focus on what you can control
Let's face it, there is not much that you can control when it comes to COVID-19, which can send your anxiety into a tail spin. A good technique to use is to focus on what you can control instead often times action can feel like an antidote to anxiety. This includes following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines available here. These guidelines include washing your hands often for 20 seconds, social distancing with 6 feet or more between yourself and others who are not in your household, among other recommendations. Read the CDC guidelines link for more information.
3. Stay connected
Social distancing should really be called physical distancing. Now it is more important than ever to maintain close social relationships even if you cannot see each other face to face. Take advantage of technology to maintain friendships and connect with those you care about most. Here are some ideas on how to maintain social relationships despite the coronavirus:
4. Start a regular mindfulness meditation practice
Mindfulness meditation is a good place to start as it does not require a teacher and can be practiced alone. There are several YouTube videos that you can use for free to try such as the ones listed below:
5. Take a mindful walk around your neighborhood
Mindfulness does not just have to include sitting still and breathing deep, take your mindfulness practice on the go with a mindful walk around your neighborhood! Leave your earbuds at home and lace up your comfy shoes. As you walk, utilize all five senses to keep yourself in the here and now. Observe 2-3 things per sense.
6. Start a gratitude journal
Begin keeping a gratitude journal once or twice a week. Such a journal can serve as a good reminder that there are still things to be grateful despite COVID-19. Not all gratitude journals are created equal, in order for yours to make the most impact, check out these tips on how to keep a gratitude journal.
When is it time for professional help?
Feeling anxious during the coronavirus is completely normal, even after you started feeling a bit better. Be patient with yourself and try some of the above techniques to manage your anxiety. If you are not improving, it is probably time to talk to a trained professional to process your anxiety. You do not have to suffer alone. If you live in the State of Texas and are interested in video counseling, Seeds of Change Counseling would be happy to help, call us for a free phone consultation to see if we are a fit at 512-676-5813.
Parents across the country have seen their teen's lives impacted and you see this in your home. Your teen was incredibly excited about their prom, graduation, sports season, or even just hanging out with friends. The pandemic came and disrupted everything, your teen is acting differently than before and you are concerned. In this article we will explore how to check-in with your teen during this time and when to know that it is time for help.
How to talk with your teen about how they are feeling
Many teens can often be resistant about talking about how they are feeling. Here are some tips when engaging with them.
When should you get help for your teen?
First and foremost, any discussion of suicide should be taken seriously. When this happens, you can visit your local ER to get your teen the help that they need.
Here are some symptoms that can warrant a visit to your doctor or a therapist. It is important to note that every adolescent can exhibit some of these symptoms from time to time. However, noticing a marked increase in these behaviors in a short period of time could be a signal for additional help.
If you need additional help for your teen and live in the State of Texas, we currently offer video counseling during the coronavirus. Please call us at 512-676-5813 for a free phone consultation to see how we can best support you.