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

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

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

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.

When a loved one is suicidal – how do I help?

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“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5

“Suicide is a permanent soluation to a temporary problem” Phil Donahue

What do we do when someone we love is very depressed and possibly suicidal? How can we know if they will do it? What do we do if we suspect he or she is suicidal, but we have no proof?

Suicidal people may not be honest with you. Suicides are usually well planned. If your loved one has been extremely sad lately, but suddenly brightens up, that could be a sign he or she had decided to end his or her life. Even if the person is telling you “No, I’d never do that,” while that’s great to hear, we need to look at their actions/behavior. Their pattern of behavior may tell you something completely different than their words.

We can’t hesitate when we suspect a loved one may be suicidal. Here are some tips:

  1. Talk: Be direct – ask them how they’re doing. “Hey, I’ve noticed you seem very down lately, and I’m concerned about you. Are you having any thoughts of self-harm?”  For more detailed information regarding risk factors, you can click here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/
  2. Be persistent: People usually give up after a few tries. Keep reaching out to the person. Don’t give up.
  3. Show up: Show up where they live (or work if you must,) don’t wait for an invitation and don’t accept being blown off.
  4. Enlist help: If you cannot physically get to your loved one and you feel concerned about his/her well-being, you can call their local police department for a “safety check” or a “welfare check.” http://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-is-a-police-welfare-check/ The police will go to his/her residence and simply check on him/her. While calling police may sound like a bit much, they do safety checks all the time and are well trained in how to handle them. As police have told me, it’s better to call and learn eveything is okay rather than not call, and something bad happens.
  5. Immediate assistance: If you already know your loved is having thoughts of suicide and you cannot get to him/her you can call the police and ask them to evaluate the person for Involuntary Civil Committment. (It’s known as the “Baker Act” in the state of Florida and also known as “Involuntary Civil Committment” elsewhere. For more information click here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/involuntary_civil_commitment) Let the police know you’re friend is having suicidal thoughts. The Police will locate him/her, evaluate, and transport to the nearest hospital if deemed necessary. The hospital will evaluate and then transport to a Mental Health Treatment facility.

There are many resources available if you would like more detailed information, statistics, hand outs, and/or resources for your loved one. Each of the links listed below contains valuable information, and resources to help.

Resources: 

There is a 24 hour 7 day a week Crisis Hotline  (They will even chat or text!):  800-273-8255   http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

You  Cannot Be Replaced: http://www.youcannotbereplaced.com/

American Association of Suicidology: http://www.suicidology.org/

NAMI http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month

SAMHSA http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week

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About the author: Laura Peddie-Bravo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 15 years experience working with depression and suicidal ideation. Mrs. Peddie-Bravo is the founder and owner of The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC. For more information, questions, or to arrange a complimentary phone call, please call 407-222-6239 M-F. http://www.TheBravoCounselingGroup.com

 

 

 

Bravo Counseling Group, LLC Fall 2016 Office Hours

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While it still feels like summer, it’s time for us to get back into Fall schedules. Due to increased demand for evening appointments, more evening appointment times have been added. If you have any questions, or do not see a time which works well for you, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 407-222-6239. Please note you are welcome to call outside of regular office hours, please leave a message including a few dates and times that work well for a phone call, and someone will get back with you on the next business day.

Mondays:

11:00 am – 9:00 pm (last appointment is 8:00 pm)

Tuesdays:

8:00 am – 2:00 pm (last appointment is 1:00 pm)

Wednesdays:

Office hours (no face to face appointments available) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursdays:

11:00 am to 9:00 pm (last appointment is 8:00 pm)

Fridays:

Office hours (no face to face appointments available) 8:00 am – 12 Noon*

*Please note that volunteerism and continuing education is prized by this office, and many volunteer opportunities and continuing education programs take place on Fridays. While we desire to get back to clients and interested parties as promptly as possible, sometimes that means a message left on Friday may not be returned until Monday morning. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

The Bravo Counseling Group Closed 7/2/18-7/7/18

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The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC will be closed from Monday July 2nd through Sunday, July 7th . The practice will reopen Monday, July 8th at 8:00 am.

Please note The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC is not a provider of crisis services. The Bravo Counseling Group, LLC is an outpatient counseling private practice. If needed, there is a 24 hour 7 days a week service through the Lifeline telephone number and website:1-800-273-8255 http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  , in case of urgency, and 911 in case of a life threatening emergency. Lifeline provides a live person to talk, or chat with via computer,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Returning or new client appointments will be scheduled after 7/8/18.

If you have any questions, please call Laura Peddie-Bravo, LMHC, NCC 407-222-6239 before 7/2/18. All communication received on or after 7/2/18  will be returned on Monday 7/8/18. Please know you are welcome to leave a messgae while we are closed, but please also know messages will not be returned until Monday 7/8/18. Thank you! May you enjoy a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!