Read on to learn about my work with clients who have cancer, chronic health conditions, and find out about my approach (Tools and Techniques).
If you have received a cancer diagnosis and are looking for some professional therapy to support you as you navigate your journey, I am here for you. In our society, cancer is diagnosed at an alarming rate: more than a 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed each year. The news can feel devastating and the options overwhelming. At times, it is difficult to avoid feeling gripped by fear. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.
I have been supporting clients living with cancer for several years, both in my private practice and through volunteer and professional work in the community. I have been a Unite for HER volunteer and psychotherapy provider since 2013 and was a Reiki provider for Bryn Mawr Hospital from 2013-2017. I received advanced training as a Certified Cancer Support Educator through The Center for Advancement in Cancer Education in 2013.
Chronic Health Conditions
Many of my clients are dealing with chronic underlying concerns, such as autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic l=Lyme, and other difficult-to-diagnose, challenging-to-live-with issues. If you are dealing with issues like these, you may feel like you have lost your life as you knew it, and may be struggling to adjust to your “new normal,” or rebelling against the very idea of a “new normal.” All of that is normal. I will work with you and support you in harnessing the mind-body-spirit connection to address the underlying stress that can exacerbate symptoms, and to find a way to be at peace with what is.
Tools and techniques
Here are some of the tools and techniques my clients and I use when dealing with health issues:
- Hypnotherapy and guided imagery: These techniques can help alleviate the fear and confusion you may be feeling. They have been shown to enhance the healing process, promote well-being, reduce side effects, improve immune function and other physiological markers, and generally make people feel better. Learn more about the research on hypnosis and guided imagery for cancer care here and here.
- Mindfulness: This powerful and increasingly popular tool is known to enhance relaxation and well-being. Through a mindfulness practice we learn to distance ourselves from our thoughts, and from that space, to create new possibilities. Mindfulness also activates the parasympathetic nervous system and deactivates the sympathetic “fight-flight-freeze” nervous system.
- Energy Psychology: Energy psychology encompasses a number of techniques such as EFT which are very effective at treating trauma. While EFT won’t change the situation, it will change how you feel about the situation. Learn more about energy psychology here and see some research here.
- Psychotherapy: There may be things you don’t want to share with your friends and family, but keeping them inside can be exhausting. A trusted therapist can be a great resource.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT is an effective way to uncover the distortions in our thinking and replace them with healthier ways to look at our situations.
“What a difference a year makes. Last year I was getting diagnosed and scheduling my double mastectomy…My heart is full of gratitude and appreciation for everyone (including YOU) who helped get me to where I stand right now…You helped me redirect my thoughts exactly when I needed to and I was able to let go of so much pain and anger. I have never been so happy in my whole life – just being me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” –L.M.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions for me, please call me at 610-212-9144.
Wishing you the very best,