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Wellspring Behavioral Health is OPEN and actively monitoring the latest information from the CDC, Texas Department of Health, and the Williamson County Health Department.

We are offering Telehealth services for Therapy and Coaching. Additionally, we continue to offer face-to-face services following the state’s guidelines for social distancing. We are here and hope to be here long after this crisis is over. 

Everyone is in our thoughts and we wish you all well. Thank you so much for your continued support of our small business!
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Our performance coaching program is a holistic and comprehensive support system for students and families. It can help with executive skills like time management and organization as well as a lack of focus, self-esteem, and confidence!

Our goal is to have independent, confident people who develop a deep knowledge of themselves as a life-long learner! Let Coach Shannon help your student finish the year successfully with less stress at home by keeping them on track with Our Mission: SUCCESS program.
The Never Ending Spring Break
By Shannon Svetlik-Lockstedt, MS 4/3/2020
Hey parents!
How are you responding to the latest COVID-19, schools are closed now the homeschooling lifestyle is for you? As a full time (2-job) single parent, this was my only fear with the Coronavirus -schools closing. With my preexisting condition, auto immune suppressed, asthma body, the only worry, and anxiety I had was, what will happen if they close the school? How will I work? Where will my daughter go? Who can watch her? Instead of my own “at-risk” health concern, these were my thoughts?!? I don’t know why we venture to always put our children first, but it’s something that we do- unconditional love I suppose.

Schools were extended to an extra spring break week...ok, I can handle that. Then, it was pushed back to April and now May. So, what next?! Where do I start?

As a former teacher, my mind went back to the struggling long nights of preparing my classroom especially the day before “meet the teacher” night. You know, the days where full chaos is the “norm!” The copier is jammed, my roster changed, I don’t have enough chairs, etc. If I could make it through that, surely, I can make it through this? But I had to pause and wrap my head around what was happening.

At this point, it’s more than education that I should be concerned about. Now, what happens when I take her to work with me and we are exposed to this thing, this horrible virus?!? Am I risking her life, my life, or others? All the while my brain is thinking about my elderly family members, food supply, and finances.

Ok, as I mentioned earlier, no thought of education. We made it through the first week of “extended spring break” with minor chaos, many tantrums, and shouting matches- primarily because it’s difficult to explain to a 5-year-old why they are home? Why are you home? Why can’t she see her friends? Why she can’t go to the playground/park?

We spent time (a lot of time) talking about what is happening. We talked about how it made us feel and why it is so important to stay safe.

Week two of “extended spring break.” We survived without any major incident, we figured out our emotions and now establishing a schedule and routine. Again, no real education has been enforced. We have been spending our time baking, doing many art projects - sand, watercolor, marker, etc.- (really fun), read tons of books - old and new, snuggled to watch a show, and played with puzzles. We have been watching Zoom videos with the teacher though- does that count as education?

Next week will be the third week of “extended spring break.” The teacher in me is finally ready to make my office into a classroom. I’ve pulled out all my old stuff and made lesson plans! I’m pumped, to say the least. I’m scrolling through Pinterest and Facebook to get ideas when I see how difficult the reality of homeschooling will be for some. It takes a certain “breed” to teach children. Just as it does with any and most professions, which is why we choose them right? I again sunk back to things out of my control like high school seniors never experiencing prom or graduation. Some of my former students were posting about graduating from college that will now be postponed or virtual. Some big life-altering things.

Let’s get back to reality and focus on the here and now- the things I CAN control!

How can I make this the best experience for my child given the grave circumstances? That will be my focal point. Sure, I will have what I’d like to accomplish educationally with her, but her social and emotional well-being is so much more important as that is the foundation of her educational journey. Without this stability, it will crumble. So, parents, focus on what YOU are able to provide for your children - whatever that may be! You cannot expect to replace a 7 hour school day but you can provide a learning environment filled with love, support and safety for them. Read to them, play with them, explore with them and embrace the quality time you have with them! You’ve got this! Hold your head high!

Stay Motivated While Sheltering in Place
Being stuck at home can make it hard to stay motivated, use these tips to help you stay focused, and on track to meet your goals!
  • Make a schedule and stick to it.
  • Exercise your body and your mind.
  • Communicate with others, even if just during a virtual call.
If you still need a little guidance, a performance coach may be just the thing to get you back on track!
Wellspring Behavioral Health Cares
Dr. McNeely’s viewpoint and practice is integrative, combining developmental, cognitive-behavioral, existential and other perspectives to develop a holistic approach, broadening insight and opportunities for effective intervention.

Abigail regularly works with clients dealing with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar depression, life challenges and chronic illness. She offers individual, couples and family counseling for adults and teens, as well as academic, employment and medical needs psychology assessments.
Call 512-302-1590 to schedule your appointment.
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