COVID-19 Updates and Policy Adjustments

Last updated: 01/19/2021

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 doing a mix of new clients via tele-health and in-office. 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 am doing tele-health from my office or home-office. Your privacy is completely secured through my end, same as usual.

  • I have received both my COVID-19 vaccine doses and they are in full effect. Feel free to ask me about my experience.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Per the Department of Education, federally owned student loan payments and student loan interest is being waived until Sept. 30th, 2021. They recommend that you reach out to your individual loan servicer to confirm.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. COVID-19 vaccine distribution has started in Collier County. If you are 65+ years older or a frontline healthcare worker you are eligible to receive the vaccine. You can schedule an appointment and view dates here.

  9. President Biden is opening up the ACA State Marketplaces for enrollment for insurances due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is currently open through 05/15/21. You can see what you qualify for by going here.

  10. Note: For the ACA plans in FL, I am currently paneled with Cigna's plans. I also can see most of the FL BCBS plans through Teladoc. Ambetter I am not in network with at this time.

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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