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From the Green Velvet Couch: Navigating a Crisis

By: Shelly Baer, LCSW

A global crisis like the current COVID 19 can create and trigger fear anxiety like no other event. It’s helpful to remember that healthy people continue to use the same ways to manage and cope. We can remind ourselves daily that life is about navigating. We can’t prevent bad things from happening, it’s how we navigate those events. Right now is the time to look at how to improve your emotional health, physical, health, and maintain your financial health. Now is the time to make the changes you have been wanting to and reconnect with nature. To remember to laugh and celebrate the daily victories. Improve your gratitude during this time. Also remember to look forward and know that this is just a season that will end.

About the Author: Shelly Baer is a licensed psychotherapist, substance abuse professional, and life coach. Shelly works closely with many companies and C-Level executives to help transform and strengthen workplace environments. She is an owner and Executive Director of Emerald Therapy Center, LLC she has a long career working with children, teens, and adults. Shelly also has had extensive  experience as a Clinical Director working with in-patient psychiatric units, out-patient addiction clinics, and as a school based therapist. She is a member of the National Association for Addiction Counseling and an advocate for providing integrative care with primary care physicians and behavioral health services in rural areas. She is also the founder of The Emerald Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services to clients to those in need without resources to receive counseling. Shelly enjoys horses, decorating, spending time with family, and travel.