I help you address the psychological, emotional, and spiritual responses arising from your diagnosis, which I see as a healing opportunity. The purpose behind exploring and understanding these issues is to help you plan your approach in staying vibrant, despite illness. I do not provide any sort of medical advice, as you must always discuss medical information with your doctor/s, integrative oncologist, naturopathic practitioner, etc.
What sort of support can you provide me with?
First of all, I would do a distress assessment as well as a lifestyle or holistic needs assessment with you, and based on this, collaborate on a plan. A "Wellness Buddy" can be very useful to keep you motivated as you take and sustain action to stay strong. I also look for resources, work with family members, or advocate, if necessary. I believe that knowledge is power, and therefore very helpful in gaining control over an overwhelming situation.
What kind of interventions could you provide me with?
As a Registered Clinical Counselor I can, with you, look deeper into some of the underlying psychological, emotional, spiritual issues which may help the healing process. Stress, depression, pain, trauma, anxiety, hopelessness are just some of the issues which are often associated with chronic disease. Studies show that an optimistic, upbeat attitude is very important when dealing with serious disgnosis.
How are your fees covered?
As a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) my fees can be covered by the ways listed on the fees tab above. I can negotiate a package of coaching sessions around your particular needs which may include telephone and/or outreach contact, especially if you are too tired to travel.
Do you have any special training?
Besides having worked as a clinical counselor since 1991, I have also worked as a B.C.R.P.A. certified fitness leader as well as been motivated, for years, to study about health, wellness, body/mind continuum. I adore yoga and the outdoors of the Pacific NorthWest. I am a recent cancer survivor and have spend a great deal of time trying to understand this condition for myself. I am studying with both the Canadian and US Psychosocial Oncology Societies, as well as with Dr Susan Silberstein. Since my cancer diagnosis I have completed 2 residential health institutes (one in Florida, the other in Puerto Rico) since which time I changed my lifestyle approach and eating habits; this is the best thing I've ever done for myself and I feel better than I ever have, despite dealing with a very scary diagnosis.