Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center recognizes the concerns, anxieties, and uncertainty that many families and individuals are experiencing due to the spread of the COVID–19 virus and the potential for impact to our lives and our treatment community. In anticipation of these concerns, Equinox is implementing the following protocols for the safety of our team, and of the families and youth we serve:
- We have taken precautionary measures to ensure the well-being of your child, your family and that of our employees. We have heightened our already stringent practices around sanitization, disinfection and cleaning, plus specific measures based on the guidance of local, national, and global health authorities.
- We have implemented internal policies around infection control that include the CDC’s recommendations for screening, prevention, and identification of potential cases including how to respond to a potential positive for the COVID-19 virus in our facility.
- The Equinox building management company has also moved to advanced protocols surrounding cleaning frequency and the use of hospital/industrial level disinfection products.
- Creation, access and availability of tele-health treatment and virtual programming.
Making Treatment Accessible
As of Wednesday March 18th, 2020, Equinox Counseling & Wellness will be utilizing a hybrid approach to treatment which includes, program-based, virtual and telehealth. We’re confident these measures will enable ongoing treatment and continuity of services while also keeping our clients, families, and team members safe. In the days and weeks to come, Equinox will be launching our Parent Coaching Academy via YouTube and Zoom for use with any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection.
We want you to know that during this evolving situation, stress, anxiety and fear responses are important to be aware of, both for yourself and your child. Our therapists will be focus in sessions to assess and process what is happening on a global, national and local level; and how best to utilize ones support system to cope during this time. Our parent coaches are available should you observe increased symptoms of anxiety, depression, fear, isolation and maladaptive coping in your child.
Whether you are a current or potential client at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center, please review the questions below. If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, please contact your care provider for further testing. In addition, we request if you have answered “yes,” kindly refrain from visiting our facility and/or group sessions for at least 14 days. As stated above, virtual and tele-health options are available to you.
- Have you recently, or in the last 14 days, traveled to China, Iran, Japan, Europe, South Korea and/or the following counties in Colorado: Eagle, Summit, Pitken or Gunnison?
- Have you recently been in direct contact with any person who has been identified as a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is currently on the CDC list as a Person Under Investigation for COVID-19?
- Have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
- Upper respiratory distress including dry or productive cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Do you suspect that you may have had contact with an infected person?
In addition to physical health symptoms, it is very important to be aware of mental health symptoms that can develop during times of high stress and uncertainty. Knowing what to look for and be aware of is also very important. If you, or someone in your family is demonstrating any of the feelings or behaviors below, we encourage you to contact us or your primary care provider:
- Anxiety: Changes in eating habits, problems sleeping, or racing thoughts.
- Depression: Increased sleeping, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of hopelessness.
- Isolation: Increased isolation outside the recommend “Social Distancing”.
- Agitation: increased irritability, family conflict, inability to self-soothe, and reduced patience.
- Irrational thinking: Pre-occupation with the virus, paranoia, delusions and/or hallucinations.
- Trauma: Fear-based responses, trauma reminders of previous experiences, and emotional dysregulation.
- Any other feelings or behaviors that are severely impacting your health or relationships.
We want you to know we are here, and available to assist you and your family. At Equinox, our experts are coming together to offer guidance about how we can most effectively support your child’s well-being — and our own — during this crisis. We offer these suggestions for developing awareness around mental health while modeling a calm and optimistic approach. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be offering more tips for supporting kids, families and parents; are dedicated to continuing to develop resources for building strength and resiliency as a community.
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