The CoVID-19 Pandemic has been a stressful time for people. According to the CDC, fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.
However, because everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, how you cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, as well as your community, stronger.
BELLA TV hosts Vanessa Coppes (BELLA Editor-In-Chief) + Jennifer DeCillis (BELLA Publisher) gathered a panel of Mental Health professionals to speak on ways we can cope. They were joined by BELLA Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Robi Ludwig, Gerry Viggiani, Dr. Julie Davelman, and Emily Lowenfels who also answered BELLA reader’s questions.
Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. She is currently a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s “Scorned,” and also hosted two seasons of TLC’s reality show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage,” as well as GSN’s reality game show, “Without Prejudice?” Dr. Ludwig appears regularly on CNN, Headline News, and The Fox News Channel, where she discusses psychological/ lifestyle issues and the criminal mind. She’s also contributed to national shows such as “ET,” “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “ABC World News,” “The View,” “Fox and Friends,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and others, helping audiences and guests understand the complexities of the human condition.
Figure 8 Therapy by Emily Lowenfelds offers children, young adults, parents and families an opportunity of expression through an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing music, art, deep relaxation, and more.
Dr. Julie Davelman received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from New York University, and her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University. She began her professional career as a counselor for students with financial and academic difficulties at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In this capacity, Dr. Davelman had the opportunity to meet students from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. This was the perfect environment to fine tune her goal-directed approach to treatment since everyone had a well-defined, common goal– graduation day!
After five years of guiding students towards academic success, Dr. Davelman transitioned into an intense clinical role at a private practice that contracts with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP; formerly DYFS) to provide psychological evaluations and therapy for its clients. Having completed more than seven hundred evaluations in a wide range of cases with both children and adults, Dr. Davelman developed expertise in identifying the needs of families. Moreover, this role provided her with very solid experience in both the evaluation and treatment of severe substance abuse and mental health issues. She also became adept at leveraging community resources that can be leveraged to help families adjust to even the direst of circumstances.
Geraldine “Gerry” Viggiani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and is Certified in Perinatal Mental Health. She is also the CEO and Founder of Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy in Eatontown, New Jersey.
Viggiani’s specialties and passion are helping clients who have experienced any type of trauma, including birth trauma or perinatal mood disorders, like postpartum depression and anxiety and addiction.