Hayes Medical Integration
In an effort to minimize the spread of infections of Covid-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci (the head of National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases and top expert of infectious diseases) has reported that washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask, and social distancing are ways to slow down the spread of the pandemic. Although, healthcare workers are considered 'essential workers, ' Hayes Medical Integration (HMI) has elected to engage with patients through telehealth medicine only (via live video). HMI is a 100% telehealth practice, and has been practicing telehealth since January 2019. Many patients who may not have had telehealth as a covered service through your insurance company, may now have coverage. Most insurance companies are realizing the effects that Covid-19 has had and will continue to have on the mental health of its consumers and are demonstrating compassion by awarding telehealth as a covered services under its policies.
I am aware that this pandemic has caused some trepidation and uncertainty, which breeds anxiety. As a result, I will be checking in with patients at the beginning of each session to ascertain how you are coping with the challenges. At any time, patients are encouraged to request a session through the thera-LINK portal if you would like an earlier session than the one that is already scheduled. Because these challenges may be with us for an undetermined amount of time, Hayes Medical Integration will be offering more flexibility in scheduling. Hayes Medical Integration recognizes that these are unsettling times, and your mental health will always be a priority!
Welcome To The Practice!
You have made a huge step in considering therapy! I am excited that you are here because therapy can literally change your life! I have witnessed my patients' lives transform when they make a commitment to the therapy process, and it is such a beautiful experience! At Hayes Medical Integration, you can expect to be treated with warmth, respect, and acceptance no matter what issues you want to address! My goal is to make sure you feel heard and understood while we work together on issues that keep you from feeling your best! I hope you are ready to gain insight and to become empowered, so you can live the life you deserve!
WHAT IS THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
WHAT IS THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Our mind and body are interconnected. One can not operate without the other. Rather, they function as a team via the intricate work of our central nervous system. When we experience distressing thoughts, feelings, or emotions, they may manifest in sore muscles, fatigue, or restlessness. Have you ever noticed someone who constantly shakes their leg/foot while sitting in a waiting room? What they are experiencing in their mind is manifesting in the body as energy that needs to be released. It can be due to boredom, anxiety, or stress, for example. Also, have you ever paid attention to what part of your body carries your stress? Ever noticed when you are stressed, you find yourself rubbing your neck, back, or stomach? This is the work of the mind-body connection. When our minds are overwhelmed with stress/worry, out of the mind's instinctual attempt to survive, it may transfer some of this discomfort to our body for storage. It, typically, will manifest as distorted muscle structures and/or referred pain. Therefore, it is more effective to address the mind and body connection. Due to this phenomenon, I have chosen to use a comprehensive approach to treating psychological issues.
Treatment strategies will focus on traditional evidenced-based practices (EBPs), but I also encourage the use of more contemporary, evidenced-based interventions that provide natural remedies, such as mindfulness meditation (Tai Chi and yoga), consistent weekly aerobic or strengthening exercise, healthy eating habits, natural essential oils, and massage. I am also a supporter of psychotropic medication, when needed. We will determine, together, which strategies will be most appropriate for your specific situation.
PO Box 4627
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549