I’m a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and worked in NYC and Maine in Level 1 trauma centers. I am also a chaplain candidate and long term contemplative practitioner, and served in high altitude medical clinics in Nepal with indigenous populations.
You can listen to an interview I did on EM Pulse podcast talking about moral distress on the frontlines and the power of presence as a resource.
If it can serve, I want to offer my time to you as you face the great challenges all clinicians are experiencing during this pandemic.
During our time together,
- we can discuss your concerns about your physical, emotional or spiritual health right now
- we can discuss the immediate anxiety of being exposed to coronavirus and possibly endangering yourself and your loved ones
- we can look at the stress produced by moral and ethical concerns around working in this resource-strapped environment (lack of PPE, ventilator rationing etc.)
- we will identify strategies for staying grounded and healthy
- we can identify capacities you have that enhance your ability to sustain the load you are carrying as a physician during this time
- I can also teach you grounding, focusing and calming techniques based on neuroscience research that can serve you during this time and beyond
If you wish, we can schedule a 25 minute session, and if we need more time, we can definitely schedule more. If you can’t find a time that works for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work something out together. Feel free to email me with any questions.
In addition, I'm available to lead group support sessions with your department or group over zoom. Please email me to discuss how I can support you and your group.
Here's a short guided grounding practice. Please subscribe to my youtube channel and email list for more complimentary resources eg. discussions on moral distress, guided meditations for getting ready for a day of work, grounding, debriefing the day for restful sleep, facing fear and mortality etc.
Here for you.
Much respect and thank you for all that you do,
Wendy Lau, MD
About Dr. Lau
Dr. Wendy Lau is an Emergency Medicine physician who trained at Kings County/SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn NY. She finished a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Northwell Health and has worked in emergency departments in New York and Maine. She has a passion for physician wellness and is currently enrolled in a chaplaincy training program at Upaya Zen Center where she now lives and studies Zen Buddhism.
Recently, she has been leading support groups, one-on-one support sessions and giving talks about ways to work with the unique emotional toll of working in the frontline of the pandemic. She strongly believes that having a common language, opening the conversation early and learning basic skills based on contemplative neuroscience can help us move towards resilience and healing as we continue to work and serve.