Blue Star Counseling provides child counseling services in Austin, Texas
Blue Star Counseling,
8701 Shoal Creek Blvd Ste. 403, Austin, TX 78757
Call Mark today: 512-965-9895
Call Kathryn Today: 512-497-2177
Blue Star Counseling provides theraplay services in Austin, Texas

Services by Kathryn Zentner, LCSW

Kathryn Zentner provides family counseling services Austin, TX

Contact Kathryn Zentner, LCSW

Kathryn is currently not seeing clients in the office due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the health and well-being of her clients is of primary concern, she made the decision to switch to Telehealth and is providing therapy via online video sessions. Kathryn will be using the clocktree.com platform for teletherapy. It is HIPAA-compliant, ensures confidentiality, and is easy to use.  Clients who wish to do online therapy will receive an “invite” from Clocktree, and be prompted to enter client information and create a password. Once an account has been created, Kathryn can call the client for online sessions. Kathryn’s license allows her to provide teletherapy sessions for anyone who resides within the state of Texas.

 

Teletherapy is suitable for many clients - even kids - but maybe not all. A decision to use or not use teletherapy involves many factors. The goal is to provide whatever assistance we can during this unprecedented time, as there will be few corners of the world unaffected by this pandemic. Many people may benefit from having ways to understand and process how the fears and helplessness and traumatic aspects of the situation are impacting all of us, including our children. It is normal for us to have worries about ourselves, our families, our friends, and our work. And it’s normal to need some time and extra support to sort everything out before we can feel grounded in the “new normal.” Therefore, families should take the time to assess what is needed…to consider what is happening at home and where they could use support. How well is the family functioning? How have the kids been behaving? Do the kids have questions parents don’t know how to answer? Are the children talking a lot more or a lot less? How stressed are the parents feeling (because the parent’s functioning plays a big role in how the kids function). This article (from a different child therapist) has good information regarding what to consider as our kids and families go through traumatic events:

 

http://risevanfleet.com/international/how-parents-can-help-children-through-traumatic-events/

 

If you would like to consider play therapy via online sessions, of course it will look different and feel different than what would be provided in an office setting, though it still may be very helpful. Given the current crisis and heightened anxieties, along with drastic changes of routine for children and families, play sessions can be very important for both children and parents in maintaining connection and support. There are various approaches Kathryn can use with parents and children, including directive and interactive activities that will both strengthen the parent/child relationship and calm the nervous system (utilizing Theraplay principles). Parent coaching regarding how to structure your time at home with your child might also be beneficial for many families, especially if your child has not been easy to parent.

In addition to parents and children, it is important to consider the impact of the pandemic on our teenagers and young adults. They also need time to adjust to this new way of living. In the beginning of all of this everyone is dealing with uncertainty and anxiety, but significant grief will likely occur in coming days and weeks. Your older kids will need someone to talk to as they process the disappointment and anger that all of the restrictions bring. And parents may benefit from some ideas in how to help provide an empathetic environment for their adolescents. Disaster mental health research clearly shows that if we can strengthen the family, we help all members within it, whether you are a parent, child, or adolescent.

 

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