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Relationship Consulting for Pandemic Stress in Stamford

May 28, 2020 12:19PM ● By Erica Mills

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an immeasurable toll on our lives, relationships and livelihoods. JSRC Group in Stamford, founded by relationship consultants Samantha Lavy and Jennifer Strom, is providing individuals, couples and companies with tools to move forward.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, nearly half of Americans report that circumstances surrounding the coronavirus are harming their mental health. Furthermore, online therapy company\Talkspace reported a 65 percent jump in clients since mid-February, with coronavirus-related anxiety dominating clients’ concerns. In this current environment, Lavy and Strom find clients struggling to balance the intersection of work, home and family, with a number of recurring themes:

Collective grief and loss: In the third month of lockdown, clients are hitting a wall, facing a sense of loss—loss of jobs, loss of camaraderie, loss of community, loss of structure.

Uncertainty:  With more questions than there are answers about when things will return to “normal” and what will be a new “normal,” clients struggle to manage expectations, as guidelines change every day. Functioning in this environment, in roles at home as well as work, is challenging and frustrating.

Relationship issues: Overall, many clients are together with partners and family 24/7, dealing with shifting moods, expectations and disappointments. Relationships are being put to the test under these circumstances.

JSRC Group is currently offering teletherapy due to COVID-19, with face-to-face therapy resuming soon. As trained relationship consultants, the partners understand how stress impacts relationships and are in the position to support clients and promote mental health in the context of the pandemic. The team also consults with businesses, providing teletherapy and curating workshops to help companies get ahead of transitioning employees back to work.

To contact JSRC, visit or email [email protected] Location: 1275 Summer St, Suite 204, Stamford.

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