Lauren Fisher has her work cut out for her.
By day, the psychologist is the co-owner of Del Ray Psych and Wellness, where she and her growing staff have been contending with a three-to-four month waitlist to see new clients.
Last year, she helped mobilize Del Ray’s Wellness District, a collaboration between wellness-related businesses that offered socially distant gong meditations, outdoor yoga and free mental health webinars. She also offered online therapy at a reduced rate.
Now Fisher, who was recently elected to a one-year term as president of the Del Ray Business Association, is working to figure out what 2021 will look like and how she can help the neighborhood’s 150-or-so businesses.
Fisher has lived in Del Ray with her husband, Ben, since 2004. We recently sat down with her to talk about her plans for the year.
ALXnow: Congrats on your recent election.
Fisher: Thanks. I’ve been really touched by the outpouring of support from people who were happy to see me become president. One of my main goals is to do a formal assessment of how businesses are doing.
ALXnow: The impact of the pandemic last year was so sudden, but you’ve taken charge of an organization that has strong community roots. What are you bringing to the table as a psychologist?
Fisher: I’d like to make sure that our business owners have all the resources they need, whether it’s PPP, accounting information, or if they need more customers coming in the door, or even mental health support.
It’s important that we help preserve the community that we serve, because that keeps our businesses alive. Connecting is critical. We need connection and community.
We need to remind each other that we’re still here, that we care about each other and have each other’s backs.
ALXnow: You can feel that energy at a traditional Del Ray community event, like the Halloween Parade or Art on the Avenue, which draw tens of thousands of people. Like many parades and public events, both were canceled this year.
Fisher: People are hungry for connections. Just look at our First Thursday events. We’re apart, but we’re together. I think it means we have to a lot of on-the-fly thinking and observe all CDC and local guidelines to keep everyone safe.
I think we’re all looking forward to the restrictions lifting a little bit on how much we can gather, because that will make a difference. In the wellness community, we’re having conversations about can we do a fit crawl with all the fitness businesses in the area.
But the last thing we’d want to do is encourage any gathering when it’s unsafe. So, I’m hoping that some of that starts to change over the next few months, as more people get vaccinated.
ALXnow: What are you seeing with your patients these days? Any common psychological effects?
Fisher: There’s a whole new wave of anxiety, with people asking, “Are we safe? How long do we wear masks? When can we travel? When can we see loved ones?”
I am lucky and grateful to live in this area, because when I walk up and down the street I see people I know, although there’s folks who haven’t left their houses and apartments for the whole entire year of the pandemic, for the most part.
ALXnow: What’s your pet peeve?
Fisher: A weak handshake.
A 27-year-old Maryland man has been charged with robbing two separate Alexandria banks in March and April. Jaquan Royal, of Prince George’s County, was arrested on May 24 in connection…
It’s been another busy week in Alexandria as the city heads into Memorial Day weekend. For those driving this weekend, be aware that some of the major roads are likely…
Virginia’s junior U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was in Alexandria today to discuss early childhood education and said that the current debt ceiling fight in Washington should be wrapped up by…
It might take some time, but Alexandria City Public Schools has opened the door to collective bargaining with its employees. On Thursday, the School Board conducted its first work session…
Are you seeking a confidential space where you can explore your emotions, overcome challenges, and find inner peace? Look no further than our dedicated psychotherapy service! We understand that life can be overwhelming at times, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
At Peaceful Mind Solutions, our passion lies in helping individuals like you navigate life’s complexities and find the strength to thrive. Our skilled and compassionate therapist is committed to creating a warm, non-judgmental environment where you can express your thoughts and feelings openly. With our personalized approach, we tailor each session to address your unique needs and empower you to overcome obstacles.
Through evidence-based techniques and a deep understanding of the human mind, our therapist will guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, we’re here to provide guidance and practical tools for lasting change.
Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on