A good night’s sleep – how to sleep better

How many hours of sleep are you achieving per night? Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for physical and emotional health, mental focus, concentration, and memory. You may already suspect this if you’re frequently feeling tired, have low energy, are irritable, anxious, and unable to wind down. When we sleep, all the things that we have observed during the day get stored away and our brain is ready to process new information for the next day. Our bodies restore themselves so that we can heal from workouts, injuries, and obtain a stronger immune system. Stress can affect sleep, however, not getting the efficient hours of sleep can make it even
more difficult to cope with the stress.

At Insight for Wellness Center, we see many anxiety and depression related symptoms that can be connected to insomnia or poor sleep habits. We evaluate your sleep pattern, food intake, exercise and environmental issues. This includes work, home, and relationships. Research shows that a combination of a good sleep hygiene and cognitive restructuring (learning to be aware of your thoughts and changing them to bring yourself to the moment) helps improve overall sleep.

At our center, we use an eclectic approach which includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), BrainTap Technology (NLP), Progressive Relaxation/Guided Meditation and Sleep Hygiene rituals. NLP stands for Neurolinguistic Programming. BrainTap technology is an adjunct therapy that we use to help change the way we think and process negative events in life. When we are experiencing stress, it may be difficult to shut our minds down at night. This is treatable with the right tools and techniques for efficiency. Unfortunately, many people rely solely on medication. Self medicating with alcohol to help with sleep may initially put you to sleep, but studies have shown that it actually causes disrupted sleep and can lead to depression or dependence.

Pain from injury or inflammation also affects our sleep patterns. We educate and have CBD products that are not habit forming. CBD is reported to help decrease inflammation and pain, which can bring you back on track with your sleep. If you are experiencing challenges with sleep, memory, stress, anxiety, or depression, start by keeping a sleep log. A sleep log can help you and your therapist understand your night routine and sleep pattern. Once your pattern is recognized, you may put the log away and begin your sleep rituals. Research shows that a good night’s sleep may slow down the aging process, improve your health, improve your looks, help you get energized, and can improve your desire for intimacy.

Here are few tips:

  1. Keep your room cool. Our body temperature changes when we sleep. Feeling hot can wake you up.
  2. Pay attention to what you wear. Your PJ’s may be getting in the way. Don’t go to bed with your house clothes on or PJ’s that are to tight, too loose, or too hot.
  3. Lights out and noise off. Eye masks and earplugs help create sensory deprivation which is known to help with insomnia and overstimulation. Darkness increases melatonin while we sleep. Serotonin is increased when we awake and open the shades to look out at a bright day.
  4. Smells away. Do not use heavy fragranced products. Synthetic scents can disrupt sleep and cause headaches. Natural scents such as lavender may help.
  5. Develop a routine sleep preparation pattern. We refer to this as Sleep Hygiene.
  6. Turn TV, PC, and tablets off.
  7. Practice guided meditation.
  8. Take a soothing bath or shower before bed.

- Katerina Rozakis, PhD, LCSW, DAPA , BCIM

Insights on narrative therapy

Narrative therapy is a form of cognitive restructuring. You can change your story to change your behavior and emotion. –Dr Kat

As you may already know, therapy comes in many forms. Whether you’re into more traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or more out-there styles like art therapy or hypnotherapy, the best part of is that there are vast and varying options out there to fit everyone’s styles and needs.

I’m a recent Master’s grad, and I am still constantly discovering and learning about new therapies in the psychology world that are available. So I’m taking time today to discuss a new one for me, narrative therapy. “What is narrative therapy?” You likely ask yourself, as I, too, ask myself that same question. Narrative therapy is honestly pretty on par with what you might assume it is, based on its name. Essentially, narrative therapy is a form of therapy that places focus on storytelling, to allow people to separate themselves from their story or their narrative. People’s personal experiences become their stories and they have meaning and importance in their lives. Narrative therapy uses the power of these stories to help people separate themselves from their narrative, by becoming the “narrator.”

Narrative therapy was developed by two Kiwi therapists, Michael White and David Epston, in the ‘80s. They believed that in order for successful treatment, a person needed to be able to separate themselves from their problematic or destructive behaviors. Seems straight forward enough, yeah?

White and Epston’s therapeutic model includes three main ideas: (1) narrative therapy is respectful—the agency and dignity of each client are to be maintained and respected; (2) narrative therapy is non-blaming—clients are not to be blamed for their problems and are encouraged not to blame others either; (3) narrative therapy views the client as the expert—it is to be understood that clients are experts on their own lives and their own narratives. These points lay the foundation for narrative therapy, allowing for a beneficial therapeutic relationship, in which the therapist guides the client to growth and healing through separation.

The keyword here that should be underlined, italicised, and emboldened is separation. Narrative therapy really roots itself in the personal narrative, of course. And by doing so, by allowing someone to play narrator, to express their story, which may include problems and stressors, they are separating themselves—the person—from their story, or their problem.

With narrative therapy, it’s crucial to make the distinction between “I’m somebody who has problems” versus “I’m a problematic person.” And we do this through distancing ourselves through storytelling. By separating yourself from your problem, you may then externalize that said problem as opposed to internalizing it. In telling your story, you inherently distance yourself from your issue, and you instead see the story from a new perspective. And with a new perspective, you’re likely to feel more motivated to make a change in your life, with your thoughts and with your behaviors, guiding you towards healing and personal growth and development. Through narrative therapy, you’re given an opportunity to rewrite your story.

Our own Dr. Kat uses narrative therapy techniques, among others, here at Insight Wellness Center. She uses narrative therapy to help people understand new perspectives through storytelling. This helps people change realities based on the stories that they’re telling themselves in their head. If you’re interested in narrative therapy at Insight Wellness Center, call us (925) 216-3510 or visit our Book a Telehealth Appointment tab to register for a telehealth appointment.

References

Ackerman, C. E. (2019, July 4). 19 Narrative Therapy Techniques, Interventions Worksheets [PDF]. Retrieved from https://positivepsychology.com/narrative-therapy/

Narrative Therapy. (2018, June 18). Retrieved from https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/narrative-therapy

Narrative Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/narrative-therapy

Lauren Tortolero, MSc
Psychotherapy Intern
lauren@insightforwellness.com

Finding Hope in the Midst of an Anxiety Provoking World

Expert in Group of San Ramon Psychologists and Psychotherapists Discusses Staying Hopeful

Looking back, 2019 has been a depressing, anxiety-filled, and anger-provoking year. Daily events and happenings have occurred with varied intensity and impact on our personal lives. A sharply divided political climate, numerous wildfires, and an increase in mass shootings and terror events around the country and the world have directly impacted our feelings of security and safety within our homes, local communities, our country, and the world. The news headlines in our city, state, and country are also filled with age-old topics such as serving the mentally ill, caring for the homeless, and the housing crisis. In addition, we have our own personal headlines and stories, such as the death of a parent, child, other family member, or good friend, oneself or a loved one being diagnosed with cancer, an incident of domestic assault, a verbal fight with a friend or family member, divorce, diagnosis of a medical or mental health disorder, personal or familial substance abuse or dependence, or arrest. Even the wonderful moments such as weddings, young love, graduations, or a long-planned holiday have their stressful moments. These all lead us to feel overwhelmed. Our stressors are at an all-time high, and thus the subsequent anxiety, depression, and anger we experience lead us to our breaking points. Amidst life stressors, it may seem like a challenge itself to find he resources to help us cope with it all. Deciding to be more conscious about our lives and taking charge of our personal mental health is a priority if we want to continue to move forward with a healthy mindset. The biggest conflict is frequently our own self-defeating patterns, such as our habits, immediate negative thoughts (or thinking errors), and our core beliefs that drive our responses to life events.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) looks at our thoughts, feelings, core beliefs, and responses to the key events that happen to or around us each day. As individuals, we tend to live in a chronic state of anger and rage, depression, or chronic anxiety. How we feel is a direct reflection of our thoughts and beliefs about those events. Our personal reaction clocks are set with diverse speeds as unique and individual as we are. We frequently respond quickly by the fight or flight response when our personal values, triggers, or buttons are pushed.

Of critical impact are the cognitive distortions: Filtering, Shoulds, Catastrophizing, Black or White thinking, etc., that drive our pattern of thinking. Filtering is like an oil filter that filters out the bad oil from the good oil. For many, we filter out all the positive – or clean oil – and focus only, or primarily, on the negative. Frequently our thoughts lead us to conclusions of how we believe things “should” be, which may come into direct opposition to other’s values or beliefs, or even pushing ourselves into a state of unrealistic perfectionism. Other times everything is a disaster; if the cake doesn’t rise like it should, the whole meal is destroyed. In black or white thinking things are either/or where there is no middle ground, such as “If I fail once I always fail, or bad things always happen to me.“ When we use these distortions we are much more tended toward negative responses, such as lashing out in anger, feeling keyed up and anxious, or isolating in a state of depression.

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Looking forward, the holidays are a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate, share remembrances, engage in family traditions, all while creating new memories. For the remainder of this year, may we each commit to avoiding the traps of our negative thinking patterns or cognitive distortions. May we seek solutions to problems and find the positives in ourselves and each other, all while not being afraid to call upon the aid of professionals in family and couples counseling. May we be less critical, love more, and instill hope in our future and our world.

Pet CBD for Halloween

Advice from the Leader in East Bay Pet CBD Products

The benefits of CBD aren’t limited to humans. Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that our pets too can often make use of its relieving effects. And the primary motivation is the same as well: pharmaceuticals can have unwelcome side effects. However, it’s important to note that the research for CBD in animals is still in its early stages and we recommend consulting your veterinarian before you start administering the herbal remedy, whether you get it from a Danville CBD Dispensary or somewhere else. Especially if your pet is already on some form of medication. But whether Fido or Felix is already taking something to treat their anxiety, arthritis, pain, seizures, digestive problems, or separation issues, CBD with its natural properties is likely worth considering as an alternative.

Like people, animals can react negatively to certain triggers. Oftentimes, these are stimuli that are simply outside the norm of everyday routine, like loud noises, different visuals, or new people. And no holiday encapsulates these as much as Halloween. If you’re a pet owner, you’ve almost certainly witnessed your animal become uncomfortable this time of year. Scientifically, it’s because these stimuli release adrenaline and stress hormones. Thankfully, though, as a concerned party of the pet anxiety San Ramon animals experience, we’re pleased to report the calming effect CBD provides has worked wonders to combat this reaction for many pet owners. Plus it’s not just about easing your animal’s anxiety, but about easing your headache as well since a common behavior of stressed out animals is to run away.

Discover San Ramon Animal CBD Healing for Halloween

Most vets agree that more research is required before it can definitively be said that CBD helps anxious pets. Also, since CBD is largely unregulated, it can be a tricky process determining which products have been made that are free of contaminants and truly contain the ingredients labeled. This is why it’s incredibly important you buy from a source, like our Danville Psychotherapy center, that sells products that have been 3rd party tested. Especially when considering that THC has proven toxic in some animals; CBD products are legal as long as they don’t contain more than 0.3% THC. Still, as long as it’s administered responsibly at the correct dosage and in a recommended format (tincture, capsule, chew treat, or topical cream), the early results are extremely promising for pet CBD. Now making sure your dog, cat, pig, turtle, horse, etc. doesn’t get into your house’s candy stash this Halloween, that’s all on you.

The mind-body connection and your health

BrainTap does a lot of things for people:

Have you ever gotten so angry that you were sick to your stomach? Ever been so sad you’ve felt weak? Ever been told you have high blood pressure and you shouldn’t subject yourself to too much stress? If you’ve ever suspected there was a connection between your mind (how and what you think) and your body (how you feel), then you’re absolutely correct. What we think and our emotions have a direct impact on how we feel physically and how diseases such as high blood pressure or obesity manifest themselves in our bodies.

One of the best ways to counteract this is to look at the impact of the mind-body connection. Calming our minds has a direct impact on our body’s health. Using tools, such as meditation or yoga, have been proven to increase calmness and physical relaxation, improving balance and enhancing overall health and wellbeing; and numerous studies have been conducted to look at how meditation can help for a variety of medical conditions such as high blood pressure. Meditation has also been shown to affect the brain in a positive way. Given all these positive results, we might hope that the modern medical community would take a more aggressive approach at integrating the mind-body connection into our health care plans, but sadly, for the majority of physicians, this is not the case.

In today’s modern world, it is becoming increasingly necessary to look at health from a different perspective. We need to look at the mind-body connection-which means we have to connect modern medical practices and medicines with other techniques to present a full picture of the body and our health. It’s important to take into consideration our emotional, spiritual and mental health along with our physical health when we’re looking at the best way to treat any disease in our bodies.

Every day, from the time we get up in the morning to the time we go to bed at night, we run through a gamut of emotions from happiness to sadness and everything in between. How is this affecting our body and our health?

At present, much of the modern medical community is lagging in making this whole picture connection but we believe it’s coming in the near future. According to research being done in India and around the world on this subject, the BrainTap as well as other holistic practices such as yoga and meditation are important tools you can use to minimize the impact of today’s modern, stressful society on your physical health. The results of these studies show that using tools such as brainwave entrainment through use of the BrainTap Headset can show positive long-term impacts on our brain and how we think. It can even assist us in making healthier choices, which keeps our bodies healthier. While we wait for the standard medical community to catch up to the idea of the mind-body connection, you have options to improve your health through these techniques and tools.

A healthy mind is at the core of a healthy body. We encourage you to find ways to include some of these practices in your daily routine. The BrainTap can be a huge help in doing this. If you’d like to see how BrainTap can help you achieve the healthiest mind and body possible, Contact us for more information or to schedule your first appointment.

I’m taking supplements: why don’t I feel different?

BY HOLLY LUCILLE

As a growing number of people are turning to integrative medicine to address their health concerns, many individuals are being introduced to the world of dietary supplements. If you have taken or been prescribed a supplement, you may have asked yourself this question: “I’m taking supplements. Why don’t I feel different?” In order to address this common question, we must first highlight the difference between conventional and integrative approaches to medicine.

A conventional approach

Conventional medicine takes a “reductionistic” approach to medicine, which addresses the symptoms associated with a condition or disease. The approach generally involves a diagnosis, followed by a prescribed treatment, often a pharmaceutical medication.

As adults, we’ve likely all taken pharmaceutical medications at one point in our lives. The goal of these fast-acting pharmaceuticals, like that of conventional medicine, is specifically to address the symptoms of a condition or disease. For example, your doctor might prescribe a beta-blocker to lower your high blood pressure or an anti-anxiety medication to relieve symptoms of anxiety. While pharmaceutical intervention is sometimes necessary, especially in cases of emergency, pharmaceuticals do not address the root cause of a condition. In part, this highlights the difference between conventional and integrative systems of medicine.

An integrative approach

Integrative medicine, on the other hand, does not address the symptoms of a disease, but focuses primarily on prevention, as well as addressing the root cause of an individual’s health concerns. Integrative medicine takes into account the whole person, assessing several factors that may impact an individual’s health, including dietary, lifestyle, environmental and even psychological aspects. This system of medicine strives to balance the body, minimize symptoms, and prevent diseases. If you’ve seen an integrative health practitioner, they’ve likely provided a comprehensive plan or protocol, including dietary, lifestyle and sometimes supplement recommendations.

The role of supplements

A supplement, by definition, is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. This means that supplements are not meant to provide a quick fix, but to support your overall wellness plan. In some cases, you may notice a difference in the way you feel after taking a supplement. For example, if you are iron deficient, supplementing your diet with iron may help improve energy levels and other symptoms of iron deficiency. However, in many cases, you may not notice an immediate result, especially when supplements are used as a preventive measure. For example, an individual with an aggressive strain of HPV taking curcumin may not feel the effects of the supplement. However, at the cellular level, curcumin can help to slow or limit the viral activity and also support the tumor suppressing gene T53.

In the end, it’s important to remember that just because you don’t immediately feel the effects of a supplement, it can still be beneficial and supportive to your comprehensive wellness plan. When in doubt, an integrative practitioner can help you determine which supplements are best for you.

Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN serves as the President of California Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Lucille works at the Los Angeles Free Clinic providing health education, promotion and prevention. Dr. Lucille serves as a Naturopathic physician, an expert on women’s health issues. In her private practice, Healing from Within Healthcare in Los Angeles, California, she specializes in Women’s Wellness. She has extensive education in various modalities, including homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, body and energy work and mind body and lifestyle counseling. She serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of PhytoPharmica Inc. She serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at EuroPharma, Inc. She serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Board at Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. She served as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Enzymatic Therapy, Inc. She serves as Member of Naturopathic Scientific Advisory Committee at Kamedis Bio Herbal Skincare. She is the recipient of the 2004 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Legacy Award recognizing her incredible service and contributions to the naturopathic medical community. She is a Registered Nurse. Dr. Lucille has Doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she received the ‘Daphne Blayden’ award for her ‘Commitment to Naturopathic Medicine.

At Insight Wellness Center we offer pharmaceutical grade supplements from Natural Partners Dispensary called :

Fullscript.com. There is more information on Fullscript located on our supplements tab.

Please call or contact us to schedule your wellness evaluation with Katerina Rozakis, PHD, LSW, DAPA, BCIM (Board Certified Integrative Medicines).

Taking supplements and changes to urine color

If you’ve ever taken supplements, you may have noticed a change in the color of your urine to bright yellow. Bright yellow, almost fluorescent, urine is a very common side effect, particularly when taking multivitamin and B complex supplements. A common misconception is that bright yellow urine is an indication that your supplements are worthless and aren’t providing any of the desired beneficial effects.

More often than not, the bright yellow color is simply a result of excess vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. Riboflavin can be found in foods such as beef, dairy, eggs, and fortified grains. The discovery of this yellow pigment can be traced back to 1872 when chemist Alexander Wynter Blyth noticed a pigment in milk that was yellow-green. The word “flavin” is actually derived from the Latin word “flavus”, meaning “yellow”.

Unlike fat-soluble vitamins which can be stored in fat in the body, vitamin B2 is water-soluble and is excreted, primarily through the urine, when your body has absorbed as much as it can. This explains the bright yellow urine you may experience after taking certain supplements. Taking your supplements in divided doses throughout the day can help maximize absorption and ensure you benefit from the full recommended dose.

This article was provided by Natural Partners and FullScript.com.

Insight Wellness Center works with FulllScript.com to help educate and provide supplements that are right for you.

If you would like more information contact Dr. Katerina Rozakis, PhD, LCSW, BCIM.

Charlotte’s web rebalance toolkit: why we love the five-minute journal

From CW Hemp Blog written January 31, 2018

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale*

(*A bit of inspiration from the Five-Minute Journal, which is one of the reasons we love using it.)

We created the Rebalance Toolkit to support you in creating positive change for Mind, Body and Spirit. While we feature our CBD tinctures, capsules and topical balm in our Rebalance Bundles, the Five-Minute Journal is also a valuable piece of the wellness equation because we know that change happens step by step, and those steps can include the daily process of gratitude-based journalling, or a daily CBD supplement. Or, as we suggest, both. 😉

Why we love the Five-Minute Journal (heading)

The Five-Minute Journal has been celebrated as a helpful agent in shifting mindset and actions, both of which can contribute to some seriously positive personal change. Some of us at Charlotte’s Web are long-time fans of the journal and can attest to the ways in which it supports goal-setting and generates a gentle action plan to help you move in the direction of your desires.

That’s because -in just five minutes, you really can:

  • Celebrate the good in your day.
  • Get rooted in gratitude.
  • Remind yourself of all the good you’re doing.
  • Keep focused on all that you want to accomplish.
  • Sketch out a plan to make it happen based on actionable steps.

Factor in daily repetition, and all the good and gratitude compounds.

Whatever you’ve got on your To-Do List (Organize home, Get more sleep, Eat better food, Write that book, Be a better parent, Deepen personal relationships, etc…) is a lot. And in the middle of all that, our biggest dreams might get sidelined for no other reason than life gets busy and the days fly by.

We like the Five-Minute Journal because it keeps you working towards goals, big or small. Step-by-step, you’ll move into the next positive version of yourself.

And before we go, we’ll leave you with one other inspirational tidbit from the Five-Minute Journal.
Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso

Truth. Now get started!

At Insight Wellness Center we offer tools for mindfulness and help you restructure your thoughts.

We sell Charlotte’s Web CBD ( CW Hemp) at our center in San Ramon.

Send us an appointment requests to learn how to balance your day and incorporate CBD into your daily routine and Why.

CBD and Insomnia

If you toss at night, glowering at the clock in frustration, you’re not alone. About 60 percent of Americans have insomnia a few nights per week, if not more often. This can be caused by stress, illness, medicines or other factors, and is more likely to affect females and those aged 65 and older. While there are many ways to treat insomnia, some people are turning to CBD oil for relief. You may have wondered if it’s worth a try, so for this week’s Healthy Habit, let’s take a look at CBD for insomnia.

What is CBD?

CBD is made from either marijuana or industrial hemp plants—usually the latter—but does not contain any of the psychoactive chemical THC, which is what produces marijuana’s “high” sensation. Web MD reports that CBD is legal in the 30 states where medicinal or recreational marijuana is legal, and 17 more states have laws specifically covering CBD. Check to see the status in your state here. This is shifting law as there’s a new farm bill that legalizes hemp on a federal level; stay tuned on that.

Why is CBD good for insomnia?

CBD oil is being used to treat a variety of health concerns, such as anxiety, pain, restless legs and depression. Fixing any of those could certainly help someone also deal with insomnia.

Then, there are also specific ways CBD may also help with insomnia.

For insomnia related to REM sleep issues

In a 2014 study, CBD oil was used to successfully treat Parkinson’s patients with REM sleep disorder, or RBD. During REM sleep, the body is supposed to be mostly paralyzed, except the eyes, which are moving rapidly. With patients who have disordered REM, they instead act out their dreams, moving about physically like shouting or punching into the air, which disturbs their sleep and that of those around them. In this study, “Four patients treated with CBD had prompt and substantial reduction in the frequency of RBD‐related events without side effects.”

To treat excessive grogginess

Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t tend to make people overly sleepy, which is a good thing, according to some researchers. In a 2006 study, CBD was shown to have some interesting waking properties, and the researchers concluded, “It might be considered to treat sleep disorders such as excessive somnolence. This common sleep disturbance is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It can cause sleepiness or fatigue during the day, may affect mood and result in trouble focusing on tasks… We now could consider the use of CBD, the non‐psychoactive constituent of C. sativa, to treat somnolence.”

For insomnia related to PTSD

In this case study, a young girl in Colorado was successful treated for insomnia related to PTSD using CBD oil. The oil was administered via under-the-tongue spray or capsules, and as treatment started, she began sleeping better, having better mood, being able to sleep in her own room and handling school better. Gradually, the doctor planned to transition her from the CBD oil, tapering her off that and into lifelong coping skills such as yoga and meditation, but wrote that “This case study offers evidence that CBD is effective as a safe alternative treatment to traditional psychiatric medications for reducing anxiety and insomnia.”

Is it safe?

A recent review published in the journal Surgical Neurology International says that CBD “has a better safety profile compared to other cannabinoids, such as THC.” However, it also notes that there are 850 brands of marijuana-derived CBD products and 150 brands of hemp-derived CBD brands on the market, so finding a universal dose to recommend is nearly impossible. Talk to your own health care provider to see what is right for you, and sweet dreams.

Tell us in the comments section: Have you tried CBD oil for insomnia? How is working out?

The statements on this web site have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises.

For more information on CBD and various treatments for anxiety or sleep problems please call us and schedule an appointment.

We are here to help.

Exploring Telehealth Integration

There’s no better time than now to explore the world of telehealth. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic continues on, and more serious precautions are being made, we at Insight Wellness Center, also are doing our part to prevent any further spread. We are doing so by transitioning a majority of our in-person sessions to online therapy sessions via our telehealth platform, so clients can continue with sessions while safely at home.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself: “What is telehealth?”

California law defines telehealth as:

The mode of delivering health care services and public health via information and communication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management, and self-management of a patient’s health care while the patient is at the originating site and the health care provider is at a distant site.

Simply said, telehealth utilizes telecommunication technologies to enhance healthcare. This can also be described as online therapy. Telehealth services can come in many forms, but here at Insight Wellness Center, we provide online therapy in the forms of videoconferencing (live video) and telephone sessions.

Understandably so, online therapy comes with both pros and cons. In situations like the current COVID-19 one, the pros seem to obviously outweigh the cons. For people who are already regular therapy users, the ability to transition to online videoconferencing is a great opportunity. Online therapy also allows you to overcome practical issues when it comes to accessibility. Not only can you continue with your regular sessions, but you can do so without leaving your house or changing out of your pajamas!

Just like I mentioned, telehealth does have some limitations. Online therapy only works if you’re able to be online, if you can’t be online then– you guessed it—you can’t attend therapy remotely. For some of us, the greatest obstacle in committing to telehealth services like online therapy is getting connected! Not all of us are tech-savvy, and getting connected can be difficult, that’s understandable. At Insight Wellness Center, we’re sure to do our best to make the connection process as easy as possible for you.

With the goal of therapy being your overall wellbeing, online therapy is a great option for the different needs of different clientele. Ultimately, how you choose to attend therapy is entirely your choice, online therapy is just one of those choices, among many. Online therapy is a standard form of therapy just like psychotherapy or behavior therapy, where client and clinician work together to reach the client’s goal. Telehealth services like online therapy or videoconferencing and telephone therapy sessions prove to be impressively utile for a multitude of reasons with varying situations.

But as you know, I’m generally referencing the situation at hand concerning COVID-19. With the majority of populations self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, telehealth services provide us with ways to continue our therapy routines. This way we may maintain normalcy in a state of uncertainty.

For more information or to set up online videoconferencing, call us at (925) 216-3510.

Or visit our website https://www.insightforwellness.com/video-conferencing

References

About Telehealth. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cchpca.org/about/about-telehealth

Lauren Tortolero, MSc
Psychotherapy Intern
lauren@insightforwellness.com

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