Managing Stress and Establishing a Sense of Immediate Safety

In alignment with CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, Integrated Care Concepts and Consultation is committed to providing a safe environment for our clients and staff while still serving the community with mental health and wellness services in a appropriate and responsible manner. Cleaning and sanitation of shared spaces in all of our offices continues with care. As we work to maintain our service offerings and align our centers with a safe space for healing, it is essential that we ask our clients and caregivers to be mindful and diligent in their own health needs.

  • If you are sick, not feeling well, or have been knowingly exposed to a contagion, we are asking you to refrain from coming into our offices for service.
  • If you are coming in for an appointment, please do not bring anyone else to the office if they are not being seen.
  • If you come into the office for service and you appear to be sick, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are unable to see your therapist for counseling in the office, we are offering some appointments for telehealth counseling through a HIPAA compliant platform. Please contact your therapist for more information.
  • If you become sick and you need to cancel your appointment the same day, we are offering greater flexibility with our 24-hour cancellation period to clients who are experiencing illness.
  • While in our offices, waiting rooms, or studios, please practice safe hygiene, which includes proper sneezing, coughing, and hand-washing.

Meditation for Enhancing Immune Function

Be mindful of how you are experiencing the activation, worry, and exposure to both the coronavirus and the flu virus.

Stress is a physiological experience that can impact the body, the level of energy, the ability to relax and sleep, and thoughts and emotions. Stress hormones released in the body at times of stress suppress the body’s immune response.

Utilizing and incorporating integrative approaches like meditation can naturally improve immune function and help downregulate and desensitize the nervous system, which allows for balance and strength to be reestablished in the body and the mind.

Below is a 12-minute guided meditation on managing the stress experience in the body and establishing a sense of immediate safety.

Sensing Into Safety during Stress

Additional Resources & Hotlines

  • For additional guidance on supporting mental health during a pandemic, please reference this page by the CDC, or this document by the World Health Organization.
  • If you, or someone you care about, feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or if you or someone you know has feelings of wanting to harm one’s self or others, please call 911. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline is also available at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
  • Monmouth County Health Department has opened a phone bank to respond to callers with questions or concerns about COVID-19. As you can imagine, many callers are experiencing increased anxiety, fear, and worry about COVID-19. There are Disaster Response Crisis Counselors (DRCCs) volunteering on the phone lines. The phone line is available from 9am-8pm. 732-845-2070.
  • For other Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions, residents can call the health experts at the NJ Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Also, AA meetings are being held online and can be found through the following link: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php.
  • Crisis Counselors are available via the Crisis Text Line: text SHARE to 741741. They offer support through texting for those that are experiencing fear, stress, anxiety, depression, panic, and isolation. They operate 24/7.
  • Rutgers UBHC offers telephonic peer support lines. They are a resource for individuals with struggling with substance use, are in recovery, or need support and may feel isolated at this time.
  • New Jersey Peer Recovery 8AM-8PM on 3/26/20 the hours are being extended to 10PM for individuals with substance abuse problems or those in recovery needing support: 1-833-422-2765
  • Vets4Warriors- 24/7 National Program for veterans who have served in wars-1-855-838-8255
  • Vet 2 Vet- any NJ veteran 24/7 1-866-838-7654
  • Mom2Mom-mothers with special needs children 8AM-8PM -1-877-914-6662
  • Care2Caregiver- with family members who are caring for family member with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia or a related disorder 8AM-8PM 1-800-424-2494
  • Cop2Cop- 24/7 law enforcement officers 1-866-267-2267
  • Worker 2Worker for DCP and P workers 8AM-8PM-1-855-327-7482
  • Aid NJEA- school staff members and their families Monday-Thursday 12PM-8PM; Fridays 12PM-6PM 1-866-243-6532

We wish all of our clients and respective communities strength and resilience at this challenging time. Our practitioners are designated essential personnel, and are committed to providing and supporting our community and clients with consistent, supportive, grounding care.