The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Severe Weather Policy

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The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Severe Weather Policy

The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC and Owner Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC wish to assist all clients in remaining safe during times of severe weather. While the Bravo Counseling Group, LLC does kindly request a 24 hour cancellation notice there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is for severe weather. If you believe you cannot get to the office safely, or if you are worried about possible severe weather either driving to or from the office, the cancellation fee will be waived. Your safety comes first. The appointment will be rescheduled at no cost to you. Additionally, if your therapist cannot safely reach the office, s/he will phone you in order to reschedule.

If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to call the office at 407-222-6239. Thank you!

Here are some helpful links for storm preparation:

State of Florida Hurricane Preparedness

Florida Disaster Panning

Florida Division of Emergency Management

National Weather Service

Hurricane Prep Tips & Links

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Living in Florida my entire life, I’m used to watching the weather and I’m also used to keeping emergency supplies on hand year -round. Since we’re in nearing the height of Hurricane season, I’d like to share some hurricane preparation tips with you.

First, please know Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC and The Bravo Counseling Goup, LLC, will NEVER charge a late cancellation fee for someone who cannot get to the office for a scheduled appointment safely due to weather or weather-related concerns, i.e. flooding, downed power lines and so on. (Please see The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC’s “Severe Weather Policy” https://laurapeddiebravolmhc.com/2015/08/27/the-bravo-counseling-group-llc-severe-weather-policy/https://laurapeddiebravolmhc.com/2015/08/27/the-bravo-counseling-group-llc-severe-weather-policy/ for more details.) Your safety is my priority!

Here are some basic hurricane tips I’ve learned over the years:

  1. We usually have advanced warning of potentially severe weather. Decide now if you choose to stay or go somewhere else to ride out the storm. Note: if you live in an already flood-prone area, you may want to seriously consider leaving ahead of the storm.
  2. Arrange for someone (i.e. friend or family member) outside of the storm impact area to be your communication liaison to the rest of your loved ones. That person can keep everyone informed as to how you are doing.
  3. Make sure you have enough prescription or non-prescription medication, and enough water and food to last for — at the minimum — three days (for each person in your household).  Note: After Hurricane Charley, it took seven days to restore power to my family’s home.
  4. Have extra cash on hand. I rarely carry cash anymore, but think about all of the electronic ways we pay for things. If there’s no power, we will need cash to purchase gasoline, groceries, water, etc.
  5. Pets – please remember your pets and stock on on their food, medications, and water.
  6. If you have a yard, please pick up items that strong winds can turn them into projectiles. If you have a pool, you can sink your lawn furniture, etc., in the pool (so it doesn’t go flying through your or your neighbor’s windows).
  7. Have a battery powered radio so you can listen to weather alerts, i,e. tornado warnings. Many of us rely on our smart phones for everything but it’s a good idea to have an old fashioned AM/FM radio on hand (with extra batteries!)

Here are links to Hurricane planning resources:

Ready.Gov:  www.ready.gov/Hurricanes

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/98105

The Weather Channel Hurricane Central, Storm Safety Tips: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane-central 

Local news resources for Central Florida:

Local Channel 2/WESH: http://www.wesh.com/

Local Channel 6/WKMG: https://www.clickorlando.com/

Local Channel 9 news/WFTV: http://www.wftv.com/

Local Channel 35 news/Fox Orlando: http://www.fox35orlando.com/

Local Radio Station Z88.3 FM 88.3: http://zradio.org/about/eas/

If you have any questions regarding whether or not it is safe to travel to a scheduled appointment, please never hesitate to contact your counselor or The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC at 407-222-6239. Your safety is the top priority!

About the author: Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor and the owner of The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC. The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC provides outpatient counseling to individuals, couples, and families in the Central Florida area. For any questions or to set up a complimentary phone call about counseling services, please call 407-222-6239. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible. Please note: commenting or messaging on any social media platform, i.e. a blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so on, is not confidential. To ensure your confidentiality, please call 407-222-6939. Thank you!

No Need to Drink & Drive: AAA & Budweiser Continue To Offer The Tow-To-Go Program

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For upcoming holidays, (most major holidays), AAA and Budweiser continue to partner with each other to offer the Tow-To-Go program. If you or a loved one are unable to drive, you can call for the Tow-To-Go program and obtain a FREE tow to your destination. There’s no need to drink and drive!

Upcoming Holidays for 2019:

St. Patrick’s Day March 17, Cinco De Mayo May 5, Memorial Day May 27, Independence Day, July 4th, Labor Day, September 2nd, Halloween, October 31, Thanksgiving, November 28th, and Christmas through New Year’s Eve, December 20th through January 2, 2020.

To access the program in Florida, please call: call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246 To learn more, you can click on the following link to go to AAA’s website:

AAA Safety Link

May you and yours enjoy a year of safe holidays!

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Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC is the owner of The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC in Winter Park, FL.

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC Contact Info. & Hours of Operation Spring 2019

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Contact Info:

Contact Information For Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC & The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC:

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC, MH6561, 7221 Aloma Avenue, Suite 300, Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: (407) 222-6239. Non-confidential email: LauraPeddieBravoLMHC@Gmail.Com.

Hours of operation: Mondays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays, available by phone, text & email 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursdays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fridays, Saturday & Sunday, Closed

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC & The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC provide Outpatient Counseling services, including Individual, Couples and Family Counseling for teens and adults. Mrs. Peddie-Bravo specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for issues not limited to the following: Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, OCD, High Functioning Autism Spectrum, and Personality Disorders. Mrs. Peddie-Bravo has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2001.

Regarding Crises:
Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC and The Bravo Counseling Group LLC are NOT providers of crisis counseling services. If you are in crisis, please contact 911.
Here are some links to crisis providers in Central Florida and Nationwide (you can also contact your health insurance provider who can guide you to the nearest in-network crisis resource): Lifeline         1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  https://www.mhacf.org/community-crisis-suicide-services/  Orange County (FL) Government:  https://www.orangecountyfl.net/FamiliesHealthSocialSvcs/MentalHealth.aspx#.WaGiC_qGO00  Current UCF Students:  http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/resources/emergency/ Other crisis resources from CFEC: https://www.cfec.org/job-seeker-resources/community-resource-guide/34-cfec-monthly-meetings/cfec-monthly-meetings/159-crisisinfomation-hotlines

Current Contact Information for Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC 2019

Greetings! It appears when some search for “Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC” erroneous information sometimes pops up.  Here is the correct contact information:

Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC

Owner

The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC

7221 Aloma Avenue

Suite 300

Winter Park, FL 32792

Business phone: 407-222-6239

Public (not HIPAA compliant) Email: LauraPeddieBravoLMHC@gmail.com

* For the HIPAA compliant email address, please call 407-222-6239, thank you!

If you need directions, have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact 407-222-6239.

Thank you!

New Policy About Electronic Devices

 
confidential files photoConfidentiality is of the utmost importance in Counseling. Without confidentiality, very few would speak to a Counselor. The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC, (BCG), takes confidentiality extremely seriously. Therefore, in light of the recent revelations about all of the ways people with nefarious intent can hack into our mobile electronic devices, BCG kindly requests each client to please either turn off any electronic devices, (smart phone, Ipad, Tablet, Kindle, Nook, etc.), or place them in a basket outside the office door (in a secure location). Doing this will protect each person’s confidentiality. If you have any questions or would like more information as to the reason this change is necessary, please contact Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC at 407-222-6239. Thank you!

 

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Mrs. Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She gradauted from The University of Central Florida’s Counselor Education Program, and specializes in working with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Physial Abuse/Sexual Abuse, Bi-Polar, OCD, BPD, ASD, Asperger’s, SPD, and Chronic Medical Conditions. Mrs. Peddie-Bravo works with clients ranging from age 5 through 95 and loves the variety of working with different populations. She works with individuals, couples, and families. To arrange a complimentary phone appointment, please call her at 407-222-6239.