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May-June 2020

President's Message — Natalie Jambazian, LMFT

So Much Has Changed


Dear Members,

So much has changed in the last month, not just the appearance and devastation of the Coronavirus but the many uncertainties that have impacted all of us personally and professionally, as a result of the virus. We as an organization have done everything possible to ensure your safety comes first. Our meetings have transitioned to telehealth gatherings and many of our events have been postponed. Yes, things are looking a little bleak right now but as we continue social distancing and sheltering-in-place, I am hopeful for the future. While there are many things that are out of our control, some remain that we can control. It is important to distinguish between the two to help relieve worry, grief, stress and anxiety. To that end, we are providing a weekly, free non-clinical support group to all our members, facilitated by our President-Elect, Mishka Kimball. For more information, visit our website at www.sfvcamft.org. Please take advantage of this free support group. Although, we are not physically connected, we can continue to be united emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

We all are adjusting to the new environment of online therapy. For some, this is challenging as it may seem hard to focus on clients and the logistical aspect of it. Remember, while we are mental health professionals helping others, we are also human. Please take care of your own mental health. Be mindful that adjustments take time. Online therapy can be a helpful (and effective) tool during this period of self-isolation. There are many technology platforms that offer HIPAA compliant videoconferencing for your clients: 

Take some time to do your research and find the best platform that works for you. SFV-CAMFT uses ZOOM Pro. But for others zoom might not be the best option. Most of these platforms have instructions and videos, so please educate yourself and do test runs to help improve your knowledge.

As the situation is rapidly changing, I have compiled some helpful resources for your reference, from updates on COVID-19 to unemployment:

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

https://www.who.int/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlhttps://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/

https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/coronavirus_statement.pdf

https://www.camft.org/Resources/Legal-Articles/Legal-Department-Staff-Articles/Telehealth-FAQS-for-Therapists-During-COVID-19

Call me super hopeful, but I believe there is a silver lining to all this madness. Living in California, we are immune to constantly being on the go. Allow this time to take care of yourself.

Coping Reminders + Tips to help during quarantine:

  • Follow only reputable news 
  • Stay connected with your friends, family and colleagues by scheduling video sessions
  • Have a routine schedule
  • Exercise daily 
  • Practice only what you can control
  • Meditate
  • Create for yourself a safe space similar to your office 
  • Dress up and show up for your clients 
  • Fill in your time by working on a project you’ve always wanted to start 
  • Find free support groups 

We are always looking for members to write articles for our newsletter, Connections! This is a good time to write something in the convenience of your own home. If you are interested, please contact me. If you already have an article to submit, send it to sfvcamftedt@gmail.com. And while the “safer-at-home” emergency order will be in place until May 15, it may well be extended. So we will continue to follow the latest news and update you often. I send you my deepest gratitude and positive thoughts during this pandemic.

Should you have any questions or need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Warmly,
Natalie Jambazian
President 
sfvcamftpre@gmail.com




Natalie Jambazian, LMFT, is the President of SFV-CAMFT. Natalie is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified Anger Management 818 facilitator through Anger Management Essentials and NAMA. Anger Management 818 accepts both volunteers and court ordered clients. She facilitates the Teen Anger Management Group in Sherman Oaks on Fridays and the Adult group in Glendale on Thursdays, and is able to see individual clients in Glendale, Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills locations.




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