COVID-19 Updates and Policy Adjustments

Last updated: 10/26/2020

Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this page will serve as a compendium of resources as well as updates for the practice, including policy adjustments and scheduling changes.

Practice Status/Updates

  • I am considering moving back towards majority tele-health but currently I am still in-office and online. Be mindful of what you are most comfortable with. Given current trends I may request we meet online at certain points. 

  • I am accepting new clients via tele-health. I still reserve the right to request in-office services for new clients whom tele-health may not be appropriate for at this time.

  • I make every attempt to see most of my clients from the office. Your privacy is completely secured through my end, same as usual.

Policy Adjustments

  • The cancellation policy is back to normal for now. Please be mindful of this. Return to cancelling by the time I send appointment reminders and switch to online when you need to.

  • My schedule is back to normal. I recently updated my schedule to full M-F with my transition to private practice full time. See my calendar to schedule an appointment.

  • Crisis calls charges are still waived. I'll accept 15-30 minute crisis calls (if I can) and waive the fees for that. Calls longer than that may still incur charges.

  • Contact hours are back to normal. Due to my current caseload I am sticking to this policy.

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please cancel your appointment and call your doctor for further instruction. If you do not have a doctor, call the local health department.

News Updates

  1. The state of Florida is fully open but at this time COVID cases are experiencing a resurgence. Expect this to continue as we enter the holiday season.

  2. Collier County is under a mask mandate until April 2021. Please be mindful and keep your mask on as you go about your daily travels.

  3. Governor DeSantis allowed the evictions moratorium to lapse October 1st. If having financial difficulties paying for rent/mortgage, seek out local financial relief services, available through 2-1-1.

  4. Per the Department of Education, federally owned student loan payments and student loan interest is being waived until Dec. 31st 2020. They recommend that you reach out to your individual loan servicer to confirm.

  5. While the CARES act was passed earlier in the year, the House and Senate are looking to possibly provide further support through additional legislation. Negotiations have been unsuccessful at this time; keep checking back to learn more.

  6. Remember to check for your status on the Florida Reemployment Assistance if you are still experiencing ongoing financial effects from the pandemic. Be patient with it. You can do so via online, over phone, or on paper; the online application is found here.

  7. To find any local resources near you, you can always call 2-1-1 or go to their website.

  8. Testing for COVID is going on in Lee and Collier Counties but recent CDC guidelines are discouraging testing unless symptoms are present. Call first to confirm you are able to get tested. There are some mobile testing sites popping up again throughout both counties. Check the Health Department websites to learn more.

  9. With the pandemic continuing, mental health concerns are becoming more of a pressing issue as community systems begin seeing incidents of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Federal agencies and non-profits are spotlighting the impending wave of mental health concerns and giving suggestions for implementing measures to better support communities mental health at this time. See here.

COVID-19 Resources

Emergency Resources

Refer to the Informed Consent for more resource listings.

Phone: 239-351-1475

Fax: 239-351-1540

Sigma Centrum Counseling, LLC

1185 Immokalee Rd

Suite 220

Naples, FL. 34110

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