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Focus Message to 1st Responders During COVID-19

PSA message: Tele-therapy options in response to Covid-19, coronavirus.

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Posted December 3, 2020

We at Focus Psychological Services are excited to announce, FOCUS on THIS. A series of brief explanations by those experienced with 1st responders and topics relating to daily wellness and mental health.

Focus Psychological Services, Inc. has been providing mental health treatment and education to public safety agencies since 1983. The therapists are experienced in meeting the specific needs of people working in the public safety arena and their families.


The Virtues of Patience

Posted October 31, 2020

Are you ever impatient? Are you impatient frequently? 

In this short clip, Dr Amit Sood of Mayo Clinic explains, "Opposite of Patience is not impatience, it is Anxious, Ill, Injured, Addicted, Lonely and Dead."

Maintaining and strengthening resilience is pproven to reduce impatience, anxiety and other difficult moods. Checkout the Awareness Avenue on this website for resources and information for mitigating stress responses. 

Also checkout and subscribe and ring the bell   to the Focus YouTube Channel to be notified of a new video series, Focus on Stress.


What is getting in the way of connecting? OBSTACLES – INTERFERENCES – STATIC

Posted August 10, 2020

Last month we looked at exploring ways to stay connected thru Pandemic Pods, 'Quarenteams' or Social Bubbles during this pandemic. Some of you are undoubtedly finding that complicated emotions and body sensations are arriving fairly regularly. Old conflicts and tensions may arrive even when the intentions are to be with each other. They may even feel uncomfortable yet familiar and getting in the way of being lovingly connected with family and friends and co-workers.

In this brief (4:00 min) video, Dr. Gabor Maté briefly summarizes how our sense of Attachment with caregivers and our ability to be Authentic early in life sometimes create problems and obstacles in relationships later on in adulthood.

Authenticity vs. Attachment – Gabor Maté


SOCIALIZING SAFELY: Pandemic Pods, 'Quarenteams' or Social Bubbles

Posted July 17, 2020

"What are our ethical obligations to other people? Whom do we trust? What are the limits of that trust? What are the precautions we must take to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and people we’ll never meet?" 

Socializing is known to strengthen our resilience and improve mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Here are two sources describing steps that can be considered and placed into action to support healthy social interactions. Click on the links below to access these informative sources.

HOW TO FORM A PANDEMIC POD — A written article published by University of Berkely, Greater Good Magazine

How to form a COVID-19 social 'bubble' or 'quaranteam' — A video description published by PBS


RESILIENCE: Bouncing Back From Adversity

Posted July 09, 2020

Dr Jolee Brunton offers public safety familes and workers suggestions for developing resilience in the face of the inevitable adversity of life. Stress is a natural part of living, anger is also one of many emotions emerging during times of adversity. 

Drowning Prevention – Summer Safety

Posted June 12, 2020

A short video describing important safety practices around swimming pools this summer to keep swimmers safe. Created by partnership of San Diego Fire Rescue / AMR / Radys Children's Hospital. 


Focus Psychological Services – YouTube Channel

Visit the Focus YouTube channel to view timely detailed information relating to psychological and emotional wellness. Check in frequently to learn about relationships also. Do not forget to subscribe and ring the bell to receive notifications of new videos.


Focus therapists and counselors are available using tele-therapy sessions. For now Focus therapists are not coming into the office.

Anxiety and COVID-19 Resources

Posted May 22, 2020

Grief, Fear and Anxiety during Pandemic

Brené Brown talks about how to deal with emotions such as grief, fear and anxiety during Coronavirus times. Watch Fredrik Skavlan interview Brown in this Coronavirus special series.

Brené Brown has published many books and created a following of millions around navigating diffcult life challeneges

Posted May 1, 2020

4 Core Stress Strategies


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Focus Psychological Services offers confidential counseling services for a wide range of life problems.

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Management consultation for organizations.

Critical Incident Interventions

Critical incident interventions assist in the healing and recovery from exposure to a psychologically traumatizing event. Critical incident interventions prevent delayed stress reactions, which may appear weeks, months, or even years after the incident.

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