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COVID-19 & Teletherapy

At Appalachian Life,  we want to support you and our community bringing needed services in a way that is in keeping with the realities of the COVID-19 and the National State of Emergency. We are called to be a support to those in need and to bring hope and healing through our services. We feel it is in the best interest of everyone for us to temporarily move all client appointments to Teletherapy or Walk and Talk Sessions (if appropriate). We integrated teletherapy into our company from the beginning so many of you are very familiar with "meeting us in your space". You simply need wifi, a mobile device or computer and we will come to you virtually. For those of you who would like that "in person experience" we offer Walk and Talk Therapy to keep you moving, explore life's challenges, and connect in a different way.  

We believe this gives everyone the best opportunity to care for family and to care for themselves. Logistically, this is a new challenge for our community. We are grateful for ways we can connect while other aspects of daily life are put on new schedules and patterns. 

Many insurance companies are now waiving the co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurances. We expect this to continue for 90 days. Please verify with your insurance company. We use a HIPAA compliant platform and user friendly software, All you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer. We are happy to walk you through the process, it truly is simple!​ Your appointment reminders will have the link to connect. You can easily access the directions for our platform HERE.

There is no "right way" or "Wrong way" to feel about COVID 19. If you have a low level of concern, you are not under-reacting. If you are concerned and taking precautions, you are not overreacting or paranoid. Each person experiences uncertainty differently. If at any point between sessions you notice a level of fear or anxiety that is concerning to you or difficult to manage, please reach out to your therapist.

This virus reminds us just how interconnected we are as people and as a world. Although there is uncertainty and even anxiety for some, we are also witnessing an amazing solidarity and community effort to do what we can and sacrifice in ways that together, we hope are lessening the impact to the vulnerable among us and might support the focused efforts of the medical professionals. Whether you find yourself spending more time than typical at home or whether you are on the front line responding in our community, we at Appalachian Life, support you and offer prayers for hope, health, and healing. When circumstances leave us feeling overwhelmed or powerless, we can remember that our hope and trust is in a living, loving God who is not surprised by this and remains in control. 

I encourage you to be especially compassionate to yourself and others. 

All the best always,

Dr. Jude Black


*We are offering extended, flexible hours to meet your needs. Please reach out at 681-404-6869 or

207 Fairmont Avenue

Fairmont, WV 25664

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