I am a big believer in the power of mindfulness to help manage anxiety. Check out this article:
This has been said before, in various ways, but when I thought of these words, it struck me. I try to practice mindfulness, do (almost) daily meditating, but I can see that I am still very goal-oriented. Goals are good…right? But when I focus so much on the goal, I am not aware of the enjoyment I get out of the process of getting there. This is what I want to continue to change about my thinking and awareness. It would look something like this: I went deer hunting this past weekend. I did not get a deer. From a goal-oriented perspective, the hunt was not successful, and “not successful” is not a good feeling for me. But from an experience focus, it was wonderful. The weather was comfortable, the sun was shining, I was out in the woods. Just time to enjoy alone time with no pressure, no guilt, and sit there and see what happens next. I encourage to reflect a bit and see if being too goal-oriented might be an issue for you.
I just heard that I am officially in-network with Minnesota Medical Assistance (MHCP). I have also heard that contracts are coming for UCare and Preferred One. Remember, you can self-register and self-schedule online on the home page mnonlinecounseling.com.
According to this study of depressed seniors, the difference in effectiveness between video counseling and face-to-face counseling was statistically insignificant and much less expensive.
I received notice from Aetna that they go through Medica - SelectCare, and I am in with Medica, so I am considered in-network with Aetna. If you have Aetna insurance and feel that my services might be of benefit, you can self-register and self-schedule at mnonlinecounseling.com
Here is an article to the Star Tribune from July 10, 2015 regarding Mayo Clinic touting the advantages to the use of telemedicine. Still a ways to go before laws and insurance companies catch up to the realities of the benefits of telemedicine, but this is encouraging.
My paperwork has been processed with Medica/United Health Care and they now show me as being in-network at Minnesota Online Counseling. Great news!
Despite my being an in-network provider for HealthPartners for several years at CenterLife Counseling, and even before, HealthPartners has denied my request for an in-network contract. I wrote them an appeal letter that also fell on deaf ears. According to HealthPartners, options are for clients to request that my services be offered in-network for them, use out-of-network benefits, submit to an HSA account for reimbursement. I am more than happy to work out a private pay option with you if none of these will work.