COVID-19 (Corona virus disease 2019 as designated by the World Health Organization) is a virus known to cause respiratory infections. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world and has come to Virginia.
In response to the global health crisis I am sharing this information with clients. I am following WHO, CDC, and VDH guidelines.
First, I am still seeing clients. Mental health does not take a break and some clients do not feel that they can do without support. We have a bit more flexibility since all schools have closed for two weeks. If you do not feel comfortable coming in to the office, I will try to work out support using technology if you feel you need it.
Second, I am using precautions myself by going out into the community less. If you do come into the office, I will encourage everyone to wash their hands with soap and water when they arrive and again before they leave and to use disposable paper towels to dry your hands. In the office I am disinfecting frequently touched surfaces between every client. Play therapy and sand tray work will not be available right now due to the high number of items that would have to be sanitized between each client each day.
Third, please use precautions yourself. Limit how much you go into the community. If you or anyone in your family has developed a fever or cough, please reschedule your appointment. Not only do I not want your germs, but I do not want to share them with my family and friends, some of whom are at high risk for life altering complications and/or death if they get this virus.
And finally this is all developing and changing literally by the hour. The virus has not yet been determined to be in Louisa but it is likely that it will be. We must all work together to #flattenthecurve. That means that we slow the spread so that our healthcare system does not become so overwhelmed so quickly that it is unable to treat everyone who needs it at the same time and more people die. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Let’s be kind and patient with one another. We will get through this together just like we did the earthquake for those of you who were here when that happened. Please feel free to contact me by telephone or e-mail with any thoughts, suggestions, or questions. Additional resources are below.
If you are not sure what to tell your children or how to word it, guidance is provided here:
You can find more detailed information here:
Court ordered parenting classes are offered once per month. The March class will be held but there will be no class in April
New referrals for comprehensive psychological testing for children ages 3 to 21 starting in April 2020.
Louisa Psychological Consulting, PC is located in central Virginia in the middle of a triangle between Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg. The convenient location relieves local families of the burden of traveling for services. A wide variety of services are offered to support children, adolescents, their families, and the community.