You are likely experiencing some kind of struggle right now with your body, the medical establishment, or even the idea of health and illness. You may still be trying to search for a diagnosis, craving a name for what is wrong, and the struggle centers on uncertainty. You may know exactly what is wrong and the struggle is with accepting your reality and with your suffering. You may wonder what is yet to come and find yourself constantly struggling with control and anxiety. No matter the specific struggle, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired!
I get it. I understand how hard this can be. Let's start with your story: the story of your body. Your health. Your life. Let's explore your specific thoughts and notice all the various feelings and sensations related to your situation. Let's be attentive to thoughts about "the how", "the why", "the wanting to fix", "the wanting to know." Let's give voice to feelings of frustration, guilt, shame, anger, discouragement, and anxiety. Let's talk about the connection between the mind and the body, and how that works for you. Let's identify some things you want or need to change.
I believe healing happens when you move from that place of feeling stuck with what you don't want, to living better with what you do have. This is the part of my work that brings the most delight: witnessing transformation. Sometimes this is more internal, such as a change in perspective and feeling of peace, regardless of physical health status. Other times this is a behavioral change that brings about some type of healing or improvement.
I've had the privilege of working with many people with various types of illness and injury over the course of twenty plus years. Here are a few examples of the types of issues or conditions my patients have had: rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, endocrine disorders, orthopedic injuries, low-back pain, fibromyalgia, GI disorders, insomnia and sleep disorders, obesity and eating disorders, other auto-immune disorders, and neurological conditions.
However, you are not defined by your diagnosis or condition(s). In fact, it/they may be secondary to other important issues you might need help with (like career, or relationships, or loss). That is exactly the point. We look at the whole you and your life in context. Don't think because you might have issues related to your health, that this will need to limit what we work on together.
While I don't consider myself an expert in the biological aspects of any single condition or injury, I do consider myself an expert in helping people cope with and adjust to life with chronic illness or injury. As a Clinical Health Psychologist, with a Ph.D. doctorate and years of experience, I use a scientific basis to help promote health and explore interrelated components of your mind and your body. I use a number of modalities and therapeutic approaches to help you with illness and health, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral, and motivational approaches. I bring my expertise of psychology, motivation, personality and behavior to my collaboration with your physician(s) and other healthcare professionals to promote a holistic and comprehensive approach to your wellness and health goals.
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