I have been an LMHC since 2000. I hope to help those who are trying to get through a new challenge, especially an illness such as Cancer.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in DeLand, FL
As a breast cancer survivor, I learned how to be a patient. It's not easy. There are so many trials when entering the journey of Cancer, and it is hard for others to understand if they have not experienced it themselves. One thing I learned in my own journey was the most helpful part for me, was having someone who experienced their own cancer journey as well go through it with me. They helped me feel less overwhelmed throughout the process. Let me use my experience to be that help for you.
I have many years' experiences working in the Hospice field with terminal patients, caregivers, and survivors. I also have personal experience through watching and helping to care for family members suffering with illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Cancer, Dementia, and others. Grief and loss can shut us down and make it difficult to move forward through life. My professional and personal experiences can help you find a way for your heart to smile again.
Change can be difficult, whether it is a good change or a bad change. But all things happen for a reason, including these changes. Often, we cannot see the reason and therefore, we feel stuck, confused, lost, and overwhelmed. But growth always comes from change. I can help you navigate your way through the changes you are going through by standing by you and helping you make decisions that will strengthen you as you make your way through.
Learning how to focus on solutions rather than the problem is a good way to help get past when we are stuck in a situation that is causing us to feel as though we can't move forward.
Emotions are a key to identity. Sometimes, it's hard to get through what's going on in our lives, so we shut down and stop "feeling." It can be especially hard when going through an illness or caring for a loved one with an illness. If we can allow ourselves to feel the emotions and be able to identify where they are coming from, healing can take place. This is a compassionate, non-judgmental, and reflective approach to listening and hearing what you have to share.
Our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected. When we have negative thoughts and feelings, they can trap us in a vicious cycle. When we experience a difficult period, we can become stuck in this cycle. By using this approach, I can help you in a positive way by breaking up the pieces and dealing with them, until you begin to feel connected and empowered again.