Hello, Creative! This afternoon, Sunday, March 15, in Howard County, home-base for Creatively, Executive Calvin Ball announced the first case of COVID-19 in the County and declared a County-wide state of emergency. He signed an executive order closing for at least 7 days business locations including the Mall at Columbia, along with adjacent businesses in the mall complex. Two weeks ago I introduced Creatively’s COVID preparedness plan and effective today, Saturday, March 15, in action with Executive Ball’s executive order implementing at midnight tonight, Creatively, LLC physical offices will close and ALL APPOINTMENTS TRANSFER TO TELEHEALTH AT THIS TIME. This plan remains in effect until Howard County receives different guidance from the local authorities. Though this is currently for 7 days, this is a rapidly evolving situation and subject to change. Please take a moment to review the updated info, and some reviewed info. Understand that I will continue to share any changes to Creatively’s response as needed and update all of you via email, text, social media and this website.
First, the facts. Maryland as of March 5 has been declared in a state of emergency by Governor Hogan, and as of the week of March 8th the first case of community spread of the virus has been confirmed in the State. Today, Sunday, March 15, the first case of the virus was confirmed in Howard County- but- this does NOT mean you should panic. The focus of the current response is to contain further spread. Up to date information on what you need to know can be found here:
Maryland Health Department Website- Coronavirus
Following the medical and hygiene recommendations and any other preparatory steps of the health department as they evolve are your best pathway to staying safe. Current recommendations focus on social distancing, e.g.- stay home as much as you can!
EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 15, ALL CREATIVELY APPOINTMENTS TRANSFER TO TELEHEALTH: You will still have your regularly scheduled appointment time if you have an existing appointment. All you need available to you is a microphone and video enabled device (cellphones, tablets, computers all should work) with a wireless or WiFi signal. Comcast is extending free internet to support social distancing if you are in need of internet service. At the time of your appointment I will text you a unique link to start your session- all you have to do is click the link from your device to join. Please be sure you have given permission to your browser on your device to use the microphone and camera. I will be emailing you a one-time-only informed consent document to review and sign for telehealth. For additional details on telehealth and to see a copy of the informed consent document, please click on the link at the end of this article that reads “more information for telehealth sessions.”
To reach me between sessions: I recommend texting my business cell phone 443-741-2294 or emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org . Remember to contact me primarily about scheduling- for urgent mental health resources, there is a list available here
Third, we need to talk about taking care of your emotional and mental wellbeing during times of national and global stress. This is so crucial because elevations in stress can in fact decrease the capacity of your immune system to function and protect you. It is normal and natural to feel stress during stressful times- there is nothing wrong with this response. What we don't want to do is live in high stress levels and get caught in cognitive loops that elevate them further. Instead, I encourage you to take time to be aware of and nonjudgementally notice your experience of your stress levels. Ask yourself, as you would ask a small child, what do you need in order to return to an emotional baseline and feel soothed? Not attending to and minimizing stressful emotions will likely make them worse. A blog article walking you through an exercise to help you self care your anxiety can be found here:
Listening to your Instincts
Self care pairs nicely with this article on self soothing exercises for high levels of anxiety- step-by-step instructions here:
Safe Place and Self Soothing
Finally, if you need an appointment and don’t have one, please don't hesitate to reach out- that is what I am here for! The world is full of chaos and the unexpected. Ultimately trusting ourselves, our resources and our support system, we will weather the storm.
Live well, Creative! (And wash and scrub those creative hands!)
Live Life Creatively,
Cindy Cisneros, LCPC-S, LPC
(C) 2020 Creatively, LLC
More information for telehealth sessions
Happy Spring Snow Storm! Unfortunately, due to weather, the Zen Doodling workshop at Root Studio will be cancelled tonight. Contact Root Studio about rescheduling. Stay safe out there!
THE ART OF MINDFULNESS: ENGAGE YOUR CREATIVITY AND REDUCE STRESS WITH CINDY CISNEROS
January 16-30, 2018
@ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Learn how to use your body’s natural rhythms to engage your creativity and reduce stress with art! Participants will use a variety of techniques to explore the grounding and the mindful component of the art making process. Artist and therapist Cindy Cisneros uses a meditative approach while offering participants the opportunity to experiment with biofeedback and art making to help with stress reduction.
To register: https://www.therootstudio.org/fullscreen-page/comp-jb6zws76/dd4365b7-2218-4056-8193-f463a094c1d5/3/%3Fi%3D3%26p%3Duli34%26s%3Dstyle-jb85emi4
Want to learn more about the facilitator? Visit www.creativelyllc.com
How can I save money on the workshop?
Our workshops are discounted for members of Root Studio. Members save 10% off this workshop's list price. Contact us at email@example.com or call 410-824-8044 to become a member. We would love to see your ideas take root!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Attendees must be 16 years or older to attend this event.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
We are located at Rivers 95 Business park and there is plenty of free parking available! It is an on-site, off-street shared parking lot.
What can I bring into the event?
Some materials will be provided but if you want to work in a specific medium, please feel free to bring your own supplies.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-824-8044.
What's the refund policy?
We offer full refunds, less processing fee, for any refund requests received more than one week in advance of the workshop start date. To request a refund for a workshop, please email email@example.com.
If you want to transfer your workshop spot to another person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the person's name, workshop name and your eventbrite confirmation number. You will need to work out the money with the person to whom you are transferring the workshop.
No refunds are offered for same-day (24 hours before workshop starts) cancellations on the part of the attendee or any workshops that are already in progress. There are no make-ups or deferments for missed workshops.
Root Studio reserves the right to cancel or reschedule workshops at our discretion. Registrants will be given the option of participating on the new date, receiving a studio credit or receiving a full refund. Communication for cancelled and rescheduled workshops is sent via email.
Good news, students! I am now offering telehealth services to students enrolled in college credit courses in the states of Maryland and Virginia!
While speaking to some of my colleagues and friends in the community, including my own alma mater, we agree that getting counseling is hard for students. Students are busy. Students live on campus with varying amounts of access to transportation. Students are on budgets. Being a student is also stressful, intense and transformative. For many of us, these years of our lives are those during which we make life decisions which ultimately shape the rest of our adult years. We do this often outside of our normal support system, living for the first time apart from close friends and family. With the added stressors of classes, grades, relationships and more, this is a time of life when we need extra support.
I am here to help! Let me remove some of the barriers and give you guidance during this time in your life. If you are a student enrolled in college courses I can offer you my services exclusively online on an audiovisual system that is confidential and easy to use. Get counseling from the convenience of your own living space. Don't wait to get support during this important time in your life. Your help is just a click away! Fill out a referral or call and email me (on the "Contact" page) today to get started. Create your best life!
(c) 2017, CREATIVELY, LLC
There is now a new way to make referrals to Creatively! In addition to calling or emailing to refer yourself or another, you can also complete referral forms in a variety of ways:
1) A paper copy can be completed and mailed or emailed. A copy of the paper referral can be found on the "Services" page under "Referrals
2) An electronic referral form can be completed. You can find the electronic referral form on the "Contact" page
3) You can request copies of referral forms, or other informational material about Creatively to be sent to you via email or standard mail
Taking the first step towards your happiest life can start today!
Yours in mental wellness,
Image (c) 2017 Cindy Cisneros
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Image (c) 2017 Cindy Cisneros
The information provided in this blog is from my own clinical experiences and training. It is intended to supplement your clinical care. Never make major life changes before consulting with your treatment team. If you are unsure of your safety or wellbeing, do not hesitate to get help immediately.