Navigating your well-being during the Coronoavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus | Potentia Therapy

Dear Potentia Clients + Community,

We are reaching out to check in and touch base regarding actions we are taking amid the very real concerns around coconovirus (COVID-19). 

But first – deep breath. 

These are rocky days filled with a lot of emotional, physical, and financial vulnerability. We understand how these drastic changes can be unsettling and activating. 

Feelings of overwhelm or being trapped can also hijack clarity and calm. Practicing compassion towards the parts of you that may feel scared, anxious, irritated, disappointed, to name a few, is a really powerful practice to step up right now. And we know showing compassion towards yourself can be really difficult to do, so do not go it alone. We will continue to be available to support you and your mental health as we navigate these dynamic times. 

We just saw this posted on TWLOHA’s website – and 100% co-sign what they shared:

‘Conversations will not be cancelled

Relationships will not be cancelled

Songs will not be cancelled

Reading will not be cancelled

Self-care will not be cancelled

Hope will not be cancelled

May we lean into the good stuff that remains.’ 

We are here as a resource for you, too, and plan on sharing resources on our social media channels on Instagram and Facebook and through our email list that we find are beneficial, valid, and supporting your whole health.

At the Potentia office space:

  • We are frequently wiping down all door knobs, handles, light switches, and community spaces with sanitary wipes. Each office has Lysol wipes that you will also be able to use, too. 
  • We are closing down our beloved tea bar for two weeks. Water and tea included. We love offering this for you all but we also know closing it down honors what we know about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please bring your own water, tea, or coffee. 
  • We are having clients sign and update their telehealth informed consent paperwork, so treatment is not disrupted if further recommendations are made to shut down non-essential public places and to have options available to have continuity of care, if needed. Note: Social isolation as a preventative measure does not have to mean feeling isolated. Taking care of your mental and relational health is in direct support of your physical well-being and we are 100% committed to our work with you. 
  • If your therapist has a runny nose, sore throat, and/or fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) they will stay home.
  • If you are experiencing the above symptoms, please stay home. 
  • We have hand sanitizer in the front lobby along with Lysol wipes in every office. 

We’ll continue to monitor news and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  along with our local and state health department officials and will share anymore updates as they become available

Sincerely,

Rebecca Ching, LMFT

Founder + Owner, Potentia Family Therapy, Inc. 

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Potentia’s Top 10 Links From 2019 + Staff Favorites

Potentia's Top 10 Links of 2019

As we wrap up 2019, we decided it would be fun to list out the Top 10 Favorite Links from 2019 shared in our weekly Every Day Human email that goes out every Friday, told to us by our amazing email community! Scroll down to view them, along with some other favorite resources by our Potentia Therapy team.

Top 10 Links From 2019

  1. this article that lists out 36 different questions to ask your partner in order to fall in love with them all over again.
  2. this educational article on gaslighting, what it is and what to do if you figure out it’s happening to you.
  3. this article that lists out 4 habits that are sapping your brain power, written by a Neuroscientist.
  4. this post on what a “Noticing Wall” is and why you should create one for your kid.
  5. this article on Anna Kendrick’s break up story and why it’s an important point about setting boundaries in relationships.
  6. this article on why some people are always late. Hint: It’s not always rudeness or scattered-brain behavour!
  7. this illustration that lists out four different ways we can parent ourselves.
  8. this article on how to break the dangerous cycle of loneliness.
  9. this list of 6 toxic relationship habits most people think are normal.
  10. this video of Brené Brown discussing #BravingTheWilderness.

Staff Quotes on Reflecting

Reflecting is not something that can be done in a rush. Even just a daily practice of a quick thankfulness list can make a huge difference in starting to be more reflective. – Andee Woolf, LMFT

While part of us may desperately want to change and move on, it’s important to acknowledge and honor all that our system has done to keep us afloat and all the years it’s taken us to get to the place we are now. – Holly Kelley, LMFT

Reflecting can be a difficult task if we don’t first know how to pay attention to the present moment and be aware of our judgments, agendas, and biases. Cultivating a practice of regular reflection, stillness and silence is important if we are to reflect with honesty and purpose. So often, our reflection is directed by an unspoken agenda or goal. Mindfulness has been defined as paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgment. When we are able to be mindful, reflecting on our past can be done with more clarity and intention. One of the tools that can help in becoming more mindful is meditation. A great way to get started with a meditation practice is using a guided meditation app like Calm or Headspace (there are many more). – Chris Cessna, LMFT

Staff Favorites from 2019

Favourite movie was…

Captain Marvel.  It was inspriring to see a lead woman character overcome all the negative messages that females often face and portray a role filled with strength, perseverance and compassion. – Andee Woolf, LMFT

Bohemian Rhapsody. I was raised on Queen’s music, and have always felt a connection with Freddie Mercury.  – Megan Holt-Hellner, DrPH, MPH, RD

Crazy Rich Asians: The movie is artistically beautiful: filled with color, music, and motion in a way that moves me. The cast is stunning and I’ll always pick a good love story. – Holly Kelley, LMFT

Tolkein –  I loved learning about J.R. Tolkein’s life and the creation of one of my favorite book/movie series. I am also predicting that CATS the movie will be one of my favorites due to my love for cats and music combining to be my ultimate bliss! – Lauren Bryan, M.A, ASW [Supervised by Rebecca Ching, LMFT
Captain Marvel – I cried at the end – that last fight scene at the end just did me in – and loved watching it with my kids. Plus, I loved music was so fun. Bonus as this is not a movie and the series is not complete but The Morning Show is some of the most exquisite acting and conversations around gender, power, #metoo, relationships, and generational shifts.  – Rebecca Ching, LMFT

Favorite book was…

The Harry Potter series.  I read it for the first time and was struck by the themes of unconditional love, friendship and determination as well as how bodly it took on the themes of grief and loss. – Andee Woolf, LMFT

No real standouts this year in particular, but I did receive a copy of Permanent Record by Edward Snowden for Christmas, and I’m looking forward to reading that when time allows! – Megan Holt-Hellner, DrPH, MPH, RD

The Road Back to You and The Road Between Us: Diving a bit into the Enneagram this year helped immensely in understanding more about myself and my partner in a way that allowed me to be gracious with those areas of myself that feel frustrating at times and offers more compassion and curiosity in relationships with others. – Holly Kelley, LMFT

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem — This book is a beautiful representation of how trauma can be stored in the body — transferring from generation to generation. – Lauren Bryan, M.A, ASW [Supervised by Rebecca Ching, LMFT]

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. I read this first in 2018 but re-read it this year and it just shook me, convicted me, and challenged me in the best ways and the hardest ways. Rebecca Ching, LMFT

Favorite song that made me braver in 2019 was…

Steadfast by Sandra McCraken. – Andee Woolf, LMFT

Don’t Stop Me Now (again, a Queen song). This was one of many songs populating my playlist while giving birth to Olin, my son (born in May 2019), and it made me feel invincible! – Megan Holt-Hellner, DrPH, MPH, RD

What’s Up Danger (yes, from Spiderman Into the Spiderverse): In the context of the movie, What’s Up Danger plays as Miles (Spiderman) is stepping into himself as Spiderman. He does so not knowing where it will lead, but being confident that he is where he’s meant to be at that moment and knowing he isn’t alone in it. – Holly Kelley, LMFT

Sunshine by Tom Misch — because is brings me sunshine and dance moves for days.  – Lauren Bryan, M.A, ASW [Supervised by Rebecca Ching, LMFT]
Quiet by MILCK  – I had not heard this 2017 song until I saw MILCK play this song live at a conference I attended last summer and I sung the chorus for weeks. Knowing the story about it and reflecting on the many brave women and men I know who dare not to keep quiet left me inspired and grounded.

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