EP.50 DR. MAGGIE VAUGHAN, NYC Psychotherapist on Maintaining Perspective During the COVID-19 Lockdown


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We are all trying to make sense of the difficult environment created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Uncertainty, economic difficulty, loss of routine, new roles and uncomfortable environments have us all on out heels. I thought it would be educational to speak with an expert who is on the front lines helping people deal with life's "normal" problems and the new set of issues that our friendly Coronavirus has dropped in our laps. Dr. Maggie Vaughan is an award-winning, NYC-based psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience offering therapy to adults and specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relationships. She is also the founder and executive director of Happy Apple, a Manhattan-based psychotherapy center which provides an array of services to children, teens, families, and adults. In addition to working with her New York clients, Dr. Vaughan works online with clients in California, Delaware, and New Jersey, the other states in which she’s licensed. She holds degrees in political science, marriage and family therapy, and clinical psychology. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The Learning Channel, and The Huffington Post. Currently, she is providing consultation to companies who employ essential workers, to help ensure the ongoing well-being and adjustment of those employees throughout the social distancing phase of COVID-19. She can be found on Social Media: INSTAGRAM: HERE and HERE FACEBOOK: HERE Here is the outline of our discussion . . . I hope you enjoy it and take away some useful points as you and your family adjust to our "little disruption." Introduction: What are your clients concerned about and are these issues amplifying problems they are currently facing in relationships and other issues? Fear of the Virus: Health issues for family (older members / pre-existing issues)Business / Job / Income issues - am I going to be financially ok?Safety issues for those who are aloneUncertaintyOCD / germaphobes - how do they get around this?How we take in information- people questioning the very information that they are receiving The Break Up of Routine (Much) Closer proximity to family, zero proximity to friends, colleagues etc . . .Work From Home (This is what you do all day?!?)New functions- home-schooling, houseworkDistortion of timeLoneliness - ability to perform job functionDifferent regions responding differently (NYC vs elsewhere- some more seriously than others- jealousy) For Professionals Working From HomeLoss of community with work environmentChange in the way people will work in the future- am I outmoded?Am I able to keep up my responsibilities for my employees, customers, vendors etc . . . Stigma Strange phenomenon where inconsistent testing has created a weird set of haves and have nots Will people "want" to get it (like chickenpox) to re-enter society Benefits Great way to re-evaluate prioritiesGood time to deepen relationships, re-establish intimacyCheck in on faded relationships, Hit the reset button on areas where communication had been ignoredInteresting dry run for retirement (living post career)Interesting time to think about business / side gigs / career Using The Time Well Exploring long set-aside interests or new onesGoing deeper into your field- extra study, zoom conferences, making new contacts within your fieldDeveloping skills just outside of your field that can make you even more dangerous in your jobDeveloping contacts outside of your field that might be helpful (industry associations etc . . . )Developing expertise in your non-career interests (do you have a book in you, podcasts, painting etc)Can those be linked together in the future?Spending time with family and friends (even virtually), so that your support community is in place during this time AND after.Rest/exercise where possibleDry run for retirement Coming Out of the Abyss

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