When Christy Pleasant Cabaniss saw a sign reading ‘Are you over 50 and have you experienced trauma?’ it dawned on her that the chronic medical uncertainty she had dealt with for two decades had been traumatic.
The posting belonged to South Carolina Safe Seniors, a grant-funded program at the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina which offers free mental health counseling to older adults who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma. Cabaniss sought treatment and initially received counseling services in-person, then the sessions switched to a virtual format through telehealth.
“I was surprised to find (telehealth) was great,” Cabaniss said. “Once you already know the practitioner you can really zero in on them. It’s really intimate and a little more intense because there’s no distractions.”
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