CTP Coronavirus Statement
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In this time of risk and anxiety, as we all face the coronavirus challenge, we remain committed to you our people and to the building of a community of compassion and caring. We wish you and yours health and safety.
- Given our respect for the recommendation for quarantine, we have reduced our in-office care to those patients with truly great stress and need. That determination will be made on an individual basis, after zoom/phone assessment.
- We are conducting sessions by telephone and preferably through zoom, which is like facetime, but provides a more stable internet connection. An email is required for us to send you the link.
- In this time of necessary isolation, it is a personal and social imperative to make and keep connections. We urge you to call friends and loved ones regularly. Please reach out to us. We will respond as quickly as we are able.
- Whenever possible, we are fostering continuation of at-home ketamine sessions. During this time, the benefits of your sessions will tend to be profound. Pharmacies are open including Koshland and we will process refill requests–as well as discuss and evaluate requests for other medications.
Please find attached at bottom resources to help with stress management and coping for you and your family in this most difficult and unprecedented time.
We advocate (as we recognize we too have to develop these practices):
- Do limit your exposure to social media. There is lots of misinformation and hysteria out there. We recommend checking sources at set times of the day for limited periods of time. Staying focused on each new vivid bit of information only adds to anxiety and dread, and fosters fearfulness — and at times, a premature concern for illness that is not present.
- The coronavirus is highly contagious and it is necessary to slow down it’s spread with social distancing. This is a community obligation with potential benefit to all as overwhelming our health system is disadvantageous to everyone’s potential need for care. Social distance means physical distance — NOT emotional or spiritual distance. Human connection matters now more than ever, and can take place in the many forms and platforms available in this digital age.
- It is a reasonable assumption that most of us will eventually be exposed to the virus. While there are mild and asymptomatic cases, the illness is often difficult and this is true for all ages. Review CDC guidelines for caring for a member(s) of your family who is stricken.
- Consider donations of food, clothes, funds and necessary medical supplies.
- Wash thoroughly frequently and make no negative assumptions about your exposure as surfaces you touch may carry the virus. Alcohol wiping in its various forms is a necessity.
- Meditation, mindfulness practices, exercise, breathing the good air, gratitude and impermanence practices are all beneficial. Send out blessings and cultivate mind and spirit. Turn on the music. Take up a creative interest. Read, watch great movies, cook, study, learn new skills, love, and invent new strategies for living and communication. Be innovative. While this is a time in which we slow-down of necessity it is also a time to grow, contemplate, and affirm that which is truly of value to you and our community of concerned brothers and sisters.
Hugs and love from your team: Phil, Julane, Carl, Melissa, Harvey and Julian