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As we continue exploring supporting the family during this challenging pandemic, the focus of this article will be on strategies for developing supportive relationships with spouses and partners. It is important to recognize that even if your relationship is not at its best, you can make a determination to act in ways that support healthy interaction. Do note as well that this is not a good time to address major difficulties. These can be addressed in therapy at a more opportune time.
Greetings, and continued peace and well-being at this time. Social distancing, one of the main measures being used by countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, to restrict the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus), has family members spending large amounts of time together. While the idea of families spending time together seems like an ideal consequence for some, for persons in other families, spending this much time together may bring about feelings that are both awkward and uncomfortable.
These are strange times, many of us knew this virus was spreading but very few of us could have anticipated how our day to day lives would have been impacted. Being a working mother of a very active toddler I have been faced with a new reality of trying to maintain an income through online work while not neglecting my child; who is now looking to me more than ever for structure and stimulation in a time where he cannot understand why he is home or why he cannot see his grandparents or his friends at school.
Wishing you peace. Just a point to make at this time. Fear could sometimes make us live our lives trying to avoid bad things from happening. During this period however, fear would be one of the characteristic emotions that our system feels based on the presenting stimuli that is around us. One way to counter our emotion of fear is to ask ourselves “what can I control at this time”. Feelings are basically physiological – meaning you cannot tell yourself not to at times feel fearful.
International Women’s Day is officially March 8th. This is a global day celebrating the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of women. This year’s campaign theme is #EachforEqual reminding us that an equal world is an enabled world. On this International Women’s Day, and in the days to come, we give attention to creating the world that we wish to see. We take the responsibility to open doors to creating equality in the world. We commit to being a dynamic part of that equality by actions small and large.
With information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and its impact on our daily lives changing so rapidly, we wanted to take this opportunity to communicate Dolly and Associate’s current approach to the continuity of our services, and other related information as it pertains to this situation. The purpose of this newsletter is to communicate Dolly and Associate’s readiness and ability to support our clients thereby alleviating some level of concern you may have. We will be offering Online Counselling Services to support our government’s request to stay home and practice social distancing.