COVID-19 UPDATE FOR OUR CLIENTS: In these uncertain times, James River Counseling Center plans to remain open. We are aware that many people are hesitant about being out in public places. We want to do all that we can to keep our clients safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. We are taking every step possible to keep our environment clean and safe. All surfaces in our office are being disinfected several times a day. This includes doorknobs, pens, children's toys, bathrooms, and the area around the front desk. If any of our staff have symptoms of fever, coughing, etc., they will not come to the office. We respectfully request that if you or your child are having any of these symptoms, please call and reschedule your appointment. We will waive all fees for late cancellations if there is a health issue. If you should wish to have more social distance from others, please feel free to wait in your car or outside (in the nice spring weather!) after you have checked in with the receptionist. She can call you when your therapist is ready to begin your session. We have hand sanitizer available at the front desk, in the bathrooms, and and in each therapist's office. Please use these freely!
During this health crisis, insurance companies have agreed to pay for telehealth therapy sessions. Ideally, therapy is most effective when we can be face-to-face with out clients. However, we are offering telehealth sessions if you are unable to come to the office, or if you feel uncomfortable being physically present at the office. Telehealth sessions will need to be scheduled with your therapist, just as you would for an office visit. As of March 25, 2020, we will be able to accept debit and credit cards for payment of fees.
As mental health professionals, we are concerned about the effects of the pandemic on the emotional health and well-being of our clients. We have all experienced major disruptions in our lives and routines. People are often adaptable and resilient, but such major changes can often produce reactions of stress and anxiety. It is difficult to be socially isolated from others. This is one of the important reasons that we want to keep our office open for our clients. Here are some pointers to help manage the stress. Stay connected to others. Call or video-chat with with friends or family members that you haven't talked to in a while. Check on your neighbors and loved ones, especially the elderly. Do something helpful for someone in need. (Research shows that helping others actually decreases anxiety and depression!) Exercise, especially outdoors. Getting 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 times a week has been proven to improve your immune system and increase the brain chemicals that help fight depression and anxiety. Being outdoors in nature also has been shown to change brain chemistry in a positive way. Work in your garden. Take a hike with your family, spring is a wonderful time to be outside in Central Virginia! Get plenty of rest and eat your veggies. Sleep deprivation harms your immune system, as well as your emotional well-being and cognitive functioning. Healthy eating will help strengthen your immune system and energy levels. Redirect your free time to do something fun and creative at home. Play board games with your family, Try out a new recipe in the kitchen. Read a good book. Paint a picture, do some wood-working, color with your kids. Plant some flowers. Practice yoga and meditation (great for stress relief!) in your living room. You get the picture.....this can be an opportunity to try out some new fun things while you are at home.
Lynchburg is a small and loving community. We have taken care of one another following tornados, floods, derechos, and ice storms. We will get through this unprecedented difficult time by listening to the scientists about ways to stay safe, and by staying connected to each other. The Serenity Prayer is helpful in such uncertainty, and is applicable even if you are not a spiritual person. "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Stay safe and well. We are here for you.
Our practice has provided counseling services in the Central Virginia area for 32 years. Our two therapists have more than sixty years of combined experience in the areas of mental health and addiction recovery services. We strive to help adults, children, adolescents, families, and couples achieve their life goals and work through obstacles and problems that they may experience in their lives.
The owners of our practice are Elizabeth Jenkins and Melisa Stone. Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is one of the co-founders of James River Counseling Center. Melisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor; she joined the practice in 2011.
In addition to these owners/clinicians, our office contracts with four other independent, licensed therapists who rent space from our practice on a part-time basis. They are separate legal entities from James River Counseling Center. In our office, there are a variety of clinicians with the expertise to address many issues in the areas of personal growth, mental health, substance abuse, and family relationships.
Our office is conveniently located off the Lynchburg Expressway at 1120 McConville Road, Suite A, Lynchburg , VA.