It finally happened. Last night I had an anxiety attack. It was relatively minor, maybe a 4 out of 10, but it was a real wake-up call. Although I am a therapist, I deal with all of life’s uncertainties like everyone, sometimes better than others. I was still surprised, surprised that after all the coping skills I have learned and implemented, all of the coping techniques I have taught, I am still susceptible to my emotional self. That’s not to say I am cocky enough to believe an emotional challenge won’t happen to me, only that when it does it scares me, overwhelms me, and takes me to a sense of personal failure. I should be stronger. I should know how to handle this. This is no time for me to be scared. I am a therapist. People are counting on me to be measured and self-assured. With each of these messages to myself, I felt worse, not better; weaker, not stronger; more frightened, not less. Then I actually engaged the primary coping skill I teach everyone. I talked about it. I did, and I cried. I ugly cried. I yelled out “I am scared, and I can’t get out of the what-if’s. This SUCKS.” Miracle of miracles, I felt better. I was able to recognize that I had been trying to busy myself and keep from feeling these things, distract myself from recognizing how this pandemic scare has affected me. I haven’t been quiet or meditative. I haven’t been open or still enough to allow my feelings to have a real voice, so they decided to surprise me with an anxiety attack right in the middle of a TV show I was watching in order to avoid such a response. I feel better today because I am committed to being more honest and still. I will continue to try to do as I teach and allow that vulnerability and uncertainty to come through me to create ever more empathy, compassion, patience, and light. To everyone who is currently trying so hard to keep it together all the time — don’t. Take time to fall apart, it’s the only way to build something new. -Carrie
After much careful deliberation and research, Radiant has decided to stop seeing clients in our offices beginning 3/23/2020. While we are unsure of what to expect during this time, the health and safety of our clients, their families, and our community are, and will always be, our top priority. We are working together to put a Tele-Mental Health platform in place so that we can continue to stay in contact with everyone as scheduled, as well as, maintain the capacity to take on new clients. Like everyone, we are trying to figure out the best solutions in a time of great uncertainty and concern. We will be emailing each of our current clients individually in the next few days with step by step instructions and to address any concerns that might arise. We also encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook & Instagram, as well as, our website at www.radiantcounseling.net for daily posts including suggestions for continued mental health, relaxation, socialization, self-care, and any questions you may have. Radiant is here for you and we will get through this together. Peace, health, and comfort.
Carrie, Charlotte, April & Ruthie
We know that this is a very overwhelming and uncertain time for everyone and as mental health providers, want to be sensitive to that fact . While we are continuing to openly discuss and research the changing nature of this crisis, this is our current position:
Radiant will continue to stay open and practice while adhering to all recommended safety and cleanliness instructions put forth by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization). These include but are not limited to:
-Washing hands consistently and thoroughly.
-Wiping down surfaces (doorknobs, water dispensers, side tables, etc.) with proper solutions, and using Lysol on upholstery after every client.
-URGING people who feel ill, have been exposed recently to someone who is ill, or is part of what is considered a high-risk demographic (immuno-compromised, etc.) to remain home for the time-being.
While we all work together to make our community as safe and healthy as possible, Radiant will be working to continue to offer the best mental health care while mitigating the risk of all we serve. We will be offering telehealth sessions if requested and happily rescheduling should you choose to suspend your sessions at this time. Each of our therapists will work directly with their respective clients to devise a plan that works best for you. In the meantime, take care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being and feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns.
Please follow us on Facebook and/or our website at www.radiantcounseling.net for day to day updates and suggestions.
As the New Year approaches, we will “Press Pause” and take time to reflect using 20/20 hindsight and prepare our 2020 vision. Radiant will be closed the week of Christmas and through New Year’s Day. As always, each therapist will reach out to their respective clientele regarding scheduling. On behalf of all of us a Radiant, we wish you all a happy, healthy, and heartfelt Holiday Season. See you next year!
In keeping with our motto to “Press Pause” and our unending directive to engage in self-care, Radiant will be closed the week of Thanksgiving to recharge, refresh and give thanks! As always, each therapist will reach out to their respective clientele regarding scheduling. On behalf of all of us a Radiant, we wish you all a happy, healthy, and heartfelt Thanksgiving.
Great news! We are now in-network providers for both Medicare and Cigna! We also accept Humana, Anthem (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Aetna, Meritain, Healthgram, and United Health Care. Don’t forget about our private pay options too!
Radiant Counseling is a proud sponsor of Porchfest 2019!! We will be out in full effect listening to great music and enjoying our community with y’all this Sunday! Please feel free to say HEY if you see us and remember, sometimes you gotta “Press Pause” and sometimes you have to ROCK ON! See you Sunday.🤘🎸🎼