Mental Health in the Age of Covid-19: From Surviving to Thriving | Congregation Kol Ami



Originally broadcast via Zoom in Wednesday June 17, Ricki Bander, PhD, and Larry Levi, MFT., address taking care of our mental health and wellbeing during these stress and anxiety-provoking times. They discussed themes of resilience, self-care, and coping mechanisms for managing during the coming months, especially as society continues to re-open, and we are all faced with managing our tolerance for re-entry.

Dr. Bander (Ricki) is a licensed psychologist and board-certified coach with over 35 years of clinical, teaching, training and coaching experience. She holds a master’s in Counseling & Personnel Work and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the Ohio State University. She is a CCE Board Certified Coach with specialties in Career Coaching, Wellness Coaching, and Life Coaching. She is also a certified Emotional Intelligence trainer and HeartMath trainer. Dr. Bander has held multiple faculty appointments, including in Family Medicine from 1981 through 2000 at the USC-Keck School of Medicine. She has coached and consulted in leadership & executive development, transition management, wellness and stress in healthcare industries. Her practice, today, primarily focuses on supporting physicians’ and healthcare workers’ well-being and career satisfaction along with adults seeking career coaching, stress management and relationship/communication skills. She provides consultation for executives and physician leadership for medical groups, physician health committees, and healthcare systems.

Larry Levi, M.A., MFT has generously offered his expertise to our Kol Ami community at numerous times over the past several years, most recently facilitating our Quarantine Quorum – an isolation support group, as well as grief groups for those experiencing loss. In his private practice, Larry specializes in grief, anxiety, depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and relationship/sexual issues.

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