Grappling with cancer can be one of life's greatest challenges. Counseling may help you work on the following challenges:
Learn tools to feel less overwhelmed and more in control
Manage depression, anger, and anxiety
Learn how to manage pain, fatigue, and "chemo brain"
Learn to communicate assertively and effectively with your health care team
Address relationship and sexual issues related to cancer and treatment
Actively explore options about important decisions
Explore financial concerns
Talk about concerns you have about treatment as well as how your life and relationships may be impacted after cancer
Explore what your cancer experience means to you
Explore any existential questions you may have
Aside from individual counseling, there are many other helpful sources of support available -- you may want to look into online support groups, cancer support centers, and group therapy.
weSPARK Cancer Support Center - www.wespark.org
Cancer Support Community - www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Tower Cancer Research Foundation - http://towercancer.org
American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
Peer Support Network - www.peersupportnetwork.org
Cancer Research Institute - http://www.cancerresearch.org
I work as a clinician at weSPARK Cancer Support Center, providing intakes, crisis counseling, and workshops, and I also work with individuals, couples, and families in my private practice in Encino, CA.
I feel a particular connection with the cancer community because I began teaching yoga and meditation at weSPARK Cancer Support Community in 2004. I had a steep learning curve, and over the years, I learned a great deal about the many physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges that cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers face. Since then, I have taught at the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Hospital and Northridge Hospital, as well as served as a guest lecturer for Mission Hills Providence Hospital's "Wellness Through Awareness" program. I am passionate about adapting yoga and meditation to the specific needs of my clients. If I have learned one thing, it is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to how someone moves through their experience with cancer. I aim to listen carefully to the needs of my clients, and help them ease pain and find greater comfort and resiliency.
Please feel free to call me at (323) 438-9972 for a free consultation.