Teletherapy Services are available now
Please note: Due to the social distancing required during the corona virus pandemic, we are advising all of our clients to book teletherapy sessions.
All of our therapists are available to provide secure, online video sessions in case you are not able to make it to the office.
We don't want anyone to be without help!
Please call your clinician to schedule a telehealth appointment. The Barrington Center and our clinicians want to provide the best care and safety for both you and the clinicians through this time of social distancing and disinfecting so at this time, we are no longer offering in-office appointments until the governor of Illinois directs otherwise.
If you are concerned about payment, we can offer to those without insurance and based on your income and need, reduced fees. We don’t want anyone to be without help, especially in this time of uncertainty. If we are unable to provide assistance, we will try to refer you to other agencies with more availability. We also do not take Meridian insurance.
Tips on Managing Anxiety & Depression
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has issued a list of tips to help curb heightened feelings of anxiety and fear during these uncertain times, put together by Aarti Gupta, who sits on the association’s public education committee. The Barrington Center has also included some of our own tips/suggestions for you.
Observe the social distancing rules and self-quarantine home protocols to protect not only yourself but family and others in your community. Wash our hands frequenting and sanitize all surfaces as often as possible.
Keep a routine
Maintaining some semblance of structure will keep you active and less likely to “spiral” says Gupta. As you work from home, it could be tempting to fall into a more lethargic lifestyle, which can lead to “negative thinking”. “Wake up and go to bed around the same time, eat meals, shower, adapt your exercise regimen, and get out of your PJ’s. Do laundry on Sunday or Mondays as usual.
CREATE A CALM HOME
Keeping your home organized, predictable and clean can create a sense of stability amid the uncertainty happening outside. A cluttered home can make us anxious or claustrophobic.
Create a zone for work, a zone for dinner and a zone for rest and a play zone for children. For example, try not to eat in bed or work on the sofa.
CREATE A NEW OR INTERESTING QUARANTINE RITUAL
Maybe you now have time to start a daily feelings journal, spend time with your children home-schooling them or doing a cooking or art project with them or family game. Having something special and different to look forward to each day will help with the isolation of “sheltering in place”.
We can still avoid isolation when sheltering in place by calling our friends, facetiming or skyping our family and friends and connecting in loving, kind and empathic ways that we often do not have time for in our normal daily routine. We are all in this together and the more we can abide by the “social distancing” the sooner we can resume our normal routine.
REFRAME YOUR THINKING
Reframe “I am stuck inside” to “I can final focus on my home, my interactions with family and/or connecting with friends”. Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude says Gupta. This is a change to slow down and practice “mindfulness meditation” (being in the moment) rather than focusing on feeling trapped.
TRY DEEP BREATHING AND MEDITATION
You can tune in to You TUBE for videos on deep breathing or meditation or yoga. You can also load apps such as MindShift.com or Insighttimer.com to help you stay calm.
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
If you have children, remember you are a mirror and mentor to them. If you are anxious, it can be contagious. Work at being a “non-anxious presence,” by maintaining an inner calm and helping them make lemonade out of lemons. Working on leading with humor, gratitude and joy can help your children become more flexible and adaptive and see that we are all in this together.
KEEP UP TO DATE ON THE NEWS, BUT TAKE A MENTAL BREAK FROM IT TOO
Limiting news to 30 minutes per day can still keep you updated. Instead watch movies on Amazon Prime or Netflix.
Talk to a mental health professional using telehealth if your anxiety or depression becomes unmanageable.
Finally, remember to be kind and empathic to those around you. Take what you need but leave some for others!