Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

Season 1 - Episode 33 | May 27, 2021

Coming Out of Our COVID Caves: An Expert’s Guide to Re-Entry

About The Episode

For the past 15 months, we’ve been carefully following safety protocols, and strict mandates have helped inform our decisions. Now, as we come out of our COVID caves, the rules are more ambiguous and varying comfort levels collide. It can create a whole new wave of anxiety around what feels safe, especially when our precautions don’t match those around us. In some ways life was simpler in our caves, where we could more easily protect our families. In this podcast episode, CHC’s Clinical Director and Neuropsychologist, Dr. Vivien Keil, shares coping strategies for easing our family’s way back into the world with courage and compassion.

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Guest Info

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Vivien Keil, PhD


Clinical Director and Neuropsychologist at CHC

Dr. Keil is a staff neuropsychologist who specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following licensure, Dr. Keil worked at The Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center in Orange County with a focus on conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with both psychological and medical diagnoses. In addition, Dr. Keil was the supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego where she focused on child and family therapy with diverse and underserved populations. She left sunny southern California in 2011 to relocate to the Bay and has worked at CHC ever since.

Dr. Keil earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

Show Notes

For over a year, we’ve been sheltering in place, wearing masks and keeping our distance from others. The CDC has recently eased restrictions, and we are gradually coming out of our COVID caves. Already, over half of Americans say they have gone out to eat, while almost 60% have recently visited friends and relatives. As a result, some people’s emotional wellbeing has improved and others are experiencing a decline. Everyone’s comfort levels are different. So how do you know what is best for your family’s mental and physical health? How can you create a smooth transition back into the world? Listen in to this podcast to hear strategies from Dr. Vivien Keil, neuropsychologist and Director of Clinical Services at CHC. Her number one piece of advice? Trust your instincts.

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