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Mental Health Counseling During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Stacey Brown and Valarie Olsen

As we continue to collectively respond to the new coronavirus we’re exploring mental health counseling during a time of global pandemic. 

These are stressful times for everyone. But, drastically changing routines, and in many cases sudden unemployment, translate to more people seeking help from mental health counselors. And the rules around telecounseling have softened to make it easier for counselors and patients to connect.

We learn more about that, and about the roles things like yoga and mindful breathing can play in one’s mental state. Our guests are licensed mental health counselor Stacey Brown, founder and executive director of Stacey Brown and Associates Counseling and Wellness; and Valarie Olsen, who is also a licensed mental health counselor.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.